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Abbreviation Name
AACT American Academy of Clinical Toxicology
AAP American Academy of Pediatrics
AAPCC American Association of Poison Control Centers
ABA American Burn Association
ABC Airway, Breathing, Circulation
ABCDDE Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Immediate Decontamination, Drugs, and Exposure
ABLS Advanced Burn Life Support
ACC American Chemistry Council
ACGIH ACGIH® (formerly the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists)
ACMT American College of Medical Toxicology
ACOEM American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
ACS American College of Surgeons
AEGL Acute Exposure Guideline Level
AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
AIHA American Industrial Hygiene Association
ALARA As Low As Reasonably Achievable
ALI Allowable Levels of Intake / Annual Limits of Intake
ALOHA Areal Locations of Hazardous Atmospheres
ALS Advanced Life Support
AMAD Activity Median Aerodynamic Diameter
AMRICD Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense
AOEC Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics
APF Assigned Protection Factor
APR Air-Purifying Respirator
ARC American Red Cross
ARDS Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
ASBESTOS Secondary Assessment of Mass Casualties Due to Chemical or Radiological Weapons [Agents, State(s), Body Site(s), Effect(s), Severity, Time course, Other diagnoses?, Synergism]
ASD Acute Stress Disorder
ASPR Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response
ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
BARDA Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority
BEI Biological Exposure Indices
BLE Bilateral Lower Extremities
BLS Basic Life Support
BP Blood Pressure
CalEPA California Environmental Protection Agency
CAMEO Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations
CBRN Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CHPPM Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine
CIA Central Intelligence Agency
CICADs Concise International Chemical Assessment Documents
CMP Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
CounterACT Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats
CPSC Consumer Product Safety Commission
CW Chemical Warfare, as in CWA (CW Agent)
CWC Chemical Weapons Convention
DEA Drug Enforcement Administration
DHHS Department of Health and Human Services
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DMAT Disaster Medical Assistance Team
DMORT Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team
DNA DeoxyriboNucleic Acid
DOD Department of Defense
DOE Department of Energy
DOT Department of Transportation
DVA Department of Veterans Affairs
DVT Deep Venous Thrombosis
Dx Diagnosis
ECB European Chemicals Bureau (Former)
ECDIN Environmental Chemicals Data and lnformation Network
ECETOC European Center for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals
ECHA European Chemicals Agency
ED Emergency Department
EINICS European Union Database
EKG Electrocardiogram
ELF Extremely Low Frequency
EM Emergency Management / Emergency Medicine
EMP Electromagnetic pulse
EMS Emergency Medical Service
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPI Estimation Program Interface
ERG Emergency Response Guidebook
ERPG Emergency Response Planning Guideline
EU European Union
EUA Emergency Use Authorization
FAQ Frequently Asked Question
FAO Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
GI Gastrointestinal
HAZMAT Hazardous Materials
HCRA Harvard Center for Risk Analysis
HCW Health Care Worker
HEPA High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filter
HHS Department of Health and Human Services
HICS Hospital Incident Command System
HR Heart Rate
HSDB Hazardous Substances Data Bank
HSEEP Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program
IARC International Agency for Research on Cancer
ICPHSO International Consumer Products Health and Safety Organization
ICS Incident Command System
ICSC International Chemical Safety Cards
IDLH Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health
ILO International Labor Office
ILSI International Life Sciences Institute
IMAAC Interagency Modeling and Atmospheric Assessment Center
IOM National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies), Health and Medicine Division (HMD), formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM)
IPCS International Programme on Chemical Safety
IR Infrared
IRIS Integrated Risk Information System
ISES International Society of Exposure Science
ITER International Toxicity Estimates for Risk
IUTOX International Union of Toxicology
JCAHO Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
LD50 Lethal Dose in 50% of the population
LD50/30 Lethal Dose in 50% of the population at 30 days
ListServ List Service
LSA Low Specific Activity
MCI Mass Casualty Incidents
MCW Mass Casualty Weapon
MD Medical Doctor
MOPP Mission Oriented Protective Posture
MRC Medical Reserve Corps
MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets
MW Microwave
NACCT National Advisory Committee on Children and Terrorism
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NBC Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical
NCEA National Center for Environmental Assessment
NCEH National Center for Environmental Health (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
NCI National Cancer Institute
NDMS National Disaster Medical System
NIAID National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
NIH National Institutes of Health
NIMS National Incident Management System
NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NKDA No Known Drug Allergies
NLM National Library of Medicine
NPS Strategic National Stockpile
NRC National Response Center
NRF National Response Framework
NSF National Science Foundation
OCHA United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development
OHS Occupational Health and Safety
OPEO Office of Planning and Emergency Operations
OPP (now OCSPP) Office of Pesticides Prevention (now Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention)
OSHA Occupational Safety & Health Administration
PAG Protective Action Guides
PAC Protective Action Criteria
PAHO Pan American Health Organization
PALs Provisional Advisory Levels
PALS Pediatric Advance Life Support
PAPR Powered Air-Purifying Respirator
PDF Portable Document Format
PEL Permissible Exposure Limit
PFA Psychologic First Aid
PIP Peak Inspiratory Pressure
POISON Poison(s), Outside the body, Into/inside the body, Sequence of events, Severity, Other diagnoses?, and Net effects
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
PTSD Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
REMM Radiation Emergency Medical Management
REL Reference Exposure Limits
RSC University of Cincinnati Risk Science Center
Rx Treatment
SALT Sort, Assess, Life Saving Interventions, Treatment and/or Transport
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SCBA Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
SCD Sequential Compression Devices
SCOEL Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits
SI Systè International d´Unité(International System of Units)
SNS Strategic National Stockpile
SOP Standard Operating Procedures
SOT Society of Toxicology
SRA Society for Risk Analysis
START Simple Triage And Rapid Treatment
TARU Technical Advisory Response Unit
TBSA Total Body Surface Area
TERA Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment
TIC Toxic Industrial Chemical
TLV Threshold Limit Value
TOXICANT Toxicant, Outside the body. Xing the body, Into/inside the body, Chronology, Additional diagnosis?, Net effects, and Triage
USACHPPM U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine
UV Ultraviolet
WCO World Customs Organization
WEEL Workplace Environmental Exposure Levels
WHO World Health Organization
WISER Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders
WMD Weapons of Mass Destruction

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