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Decontamination

Decontamination Resources

Because of their unique anatomical, physiological and developmental characteristics, children need special considerations during decontamination including:

  • Warm water (between 98°F - 110°F or 36.6° C - 43.3° C) to prevent hypothermia
  • Low pressure/high volume
  • Soft bristle brushes
  • Safe method of transport through the decon shower without being carried (to prevent injury risk)
  • Process to keep families together

Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)
Caring for Children During Disasters:  Decontamination educational module
This educational module builds on existing knowledge regarding general decontamination procedures and outlines specific pediatric components that should be incorporated into decontamination plans in order to address the needs of children.

Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)
Pediatric Decontamination Checklist
This checklist is designed to assist with decontamination planning and response to ensure the needs of children are met prior to, during, and after undergoing decontamination. Click here to access this checklist in a fillable format.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Patient Decontamination in a Mass Chemical Exposure Incident: National Planning Guidance for Communities
This document provides recommendations for first responders dealing with mass chemical exposure incidents, including special considerations for the unique needs of infants, children and pregnant women.