Use of Shower for External Decontamination - Illustration
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Use of Shower for External Decontamination
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  • Ninety percent of surface radiation contamination is usually removed by shedding all clothing.
  • Showering will usually remove the remainder of surface contamination.
  • Use approved techniques for full body radiation surveys and showering.
  • Additional procedures are necessary if there are open wounds or injuries.
  • Up to three decontamination and survey cycles are recommended.
  • Be sure the water temperature of the shower is sufficiently warm.
  • Special considerations are needed for decontaminating children.
  • Be especially cautious about the water temperature with children.
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