TDS: Time, Distance, Shielding

For many years this 3-step approach has been used to reduce radiation exposure in HazMat incidents.  This 3-step approach is also effective in handling EMS incidents.

Time: adequate time should be taken with a patient to ensure the highest standard of care is being administered, and when the job is done its time to go

Distance: onlookers and other people not treating an incident should be kept a significant distance from the scene

Shielding: precautions can be taken by shielding first responders with Personal Protective Equipment such as: gowns, masks, respirators, gloves and other protective clothing

This is a simple, but very effective approach.

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