Planning for common emergencies such as fires and floods is important. However, planning for the unlikely emergencies equally important. Radiation preparedness isn’t something most people think about, which is why it’s crucial for those who work in fields such as emergency management, public heath, and radiation research and treatment to assist in the radiation preparedness effort. The Radiation Injury Treatment Network (RITN) is hosting the radiation track at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Preparedness Summit to help equip our essential partners.

The Radiation Injury Treatment Network® (RITN) provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for victims of radiation exposure or other marrow toxic injuries.

Many of the casualties with radiation injury will be salvageable but require outpatient and/or inpatient care. Recognizing this, the US National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), US Navy (Office of Naval Research) and American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) collaboratively developed RITN, which comprises of medical centers with expertise in the management of bone marrow failure, stem cell donor centers and umbilical cord blood banks across the US.

The goals of RITN are:

  1. to develop treatment guidelines for managing hematologic toxicity among victims of radiation exposure,
  2. to educate health care professionals about pertinent aspects of radiation exposure management,
  3. to help coordinate the medical response to radiation events, and
  4. to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for victims at participating centers.

Resources to further explore:

  • RITN ARS Treatment Guidelines: https://ritn.net/treatment/
  • RITN Radiation Injury Referral Guidelines: https://ritn.net/triage/
  • Free Online Training: https://ritn.net/training/
    o Basic Radiation Training
    o Introduction to RITN
    o RITN Concept of Operations
    o Non-medical Radiation Awareness
    o Radiation Safety Communication
  • What you Need to know about RITN (4 minute video): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkd45X1DlPqeRr-u5lph6Og