What do I need to know about caring for someone with radiation poisoning?

When caring for someone with radiation poisoning, it is important to protect yourself from radiation exposure. If the person has been contaminated with radioactive material, you will need special protective equipment. Initial care may involve administering CPR, providing first aid, and contacting emergency medical services. If possible, take measures to reduce the person's contact with the radioactive material by stripping off their clothing, washing them with soap and water, and removing them from the area where the exposure occurred as soon as possible. The person should receive immediate medical attention and the exposure should be reported.

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