Rehabilitation of victims of acute radiation sickness

Two hundred and nine victims of acute radiation sickness following the Chernobyl accident are under observation (first degree - 134, second degree - 54, third degree - 20 and fourth degree - 1). In 57 (42.5%) of the patients having suffered first degree acute radiation sickness, work capability was reduced by 25%; 9 persons with first degree acute radiation sickness were classified as invalids of the second and third category. In the group with second degree acute radiation sickness, a reduction of the work capability was observed in all cases. In the group with third degree, 100% had signs of disability. In carrying out rehabilitation and prophylactic measures aimed at reducing social risk factors, considerable attention has been given to publicizing a healthy way of life. At present, professional reorientation has been or is being given to the majority of patients. An analysis of the results of rehabilitation measures carried out during the year shows a gradual improvement in general health and an improvement in working capabilities. However, the symptomatology of injuries to individual organs and systems remains unchanged. (author). 1 tab.

Authors

Bebeshko, V.G.; Prevarskij, B.P.; Khalyavko, I.G.; Shimelis, I.V.; Belyj, D.A.

Descriptors

chernobylsk-4 reactor; early radiation effects; pathological changes; preventive medicine; radiation accidents; radiation injuries; radiation syndrome; accidents; biological effects; biological radiation effects; diseases; enriched uranium reactors; graphite moderated reactors; injuries; lwgr type reactors; medicine; power reactors; radiation effects; reactors; thermal reactors

Subject Category

Actual Accidents

Source

Report; International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria); Medical aspects of the Chernobyl accident; IAEA-TECDOC--516.; Jul 1988.; 381 p.; p. 267-272.

Place of Publication

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Availability

Available from INIS in electronic form.