Radiation disasters: role of the BMT team.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Bone marrow transplant (BMT) teams do not generally consider themselves to be emergency responders. But the bone marrow is the most radiosensitive organ in the body, and early changes in peripheral blood counts remain the best indicator of major total-body radiation exposures. Following a mass casualty incident, such as that occasioned by a nuclear detonation, BMT teams should expect that they will be called upon for their expertise in managing severe myelosuppression. Numerous resources, including the Radiation Injury Treatment Network, are available to assist BMT teams in planning for such a role.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Confer, DL; Weisdorf, D; Weinstock, D; Case, C; Chao, N

Published Date

  • January 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 1 Suppl

Start / End Page

  • S189 - S192

PubMed ID

  • 22226106

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22226106

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1523-6536

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.bbmt.2011.11.021


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States