New York City's health department said it will spend nearly $1.4 million in federal funding on radiation detection devices for private and public hospitals to use in the case of an attack with a so-called "dirty bomb." The devices will be delivered in the next several months to help hospital staff detect radioactive materials or contamination in patients. The health department will provide training for hospital staff to learn about types of radiation, exposure management, self-protection measures, decontamination techniques, and radiation injury recognition and treatment. A dirty bomb combines common explosives, such as dynamite, with radioactive materials that are blasted into the area around the explosion. -- by Jessica Zigmond
N.Y.C. to ready hospitals for 'dirty bomb' attacks
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