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Information for Medical Examiners, Coroners, and Funeral Home Personnel

 Emergency responders at the scene of an accident A radiological or nuclear emergency, including the detonation of a nuclear weapon or radiological dispersal device, a reactor or transportation accident, or even a non-emergency death after a procedure involving radioactive materials, could result in radioactively contaminated decedents. The following guidelines suggest ways for medical examiners, coroners, and morticians to deal with loose surface contamination, internal contamination, or shrapnel on or in decedents’ bodies.

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