Here’s How to Treat Chemical Warfare Victims

The World Health Organization just released instructions on how medical personnel should treat people exposed to chemical weapons.

It is a rather remarkable document. For example, I learned that if the patient’s pupils are the size of a pinpoint, chances are she was exposed to sarin or VX  and should be given two milligrams of atropine every 5 minutes, via an IV drop.  There is also a handy flow chart for patient care and triage, and a list of basic equipment (scissors and saline solution) required to treat contaminated patients.

I imagine a document like this would come in handy in Syria today.

Initial Management of Contaminated Patients