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"TO MANY OF US in medicine radioactivity has become a fact of life," says William R. Bibb, MD. Bibb should know. He is the director of research and waste management at a unique facility that deals exclusively in radiation accidents—the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
REAC/TS is housed in the 400-bed Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center. It was instituted seven years ago to provide emergency care for more than 16 000 workers at Oak Ridge National Laboratories in the event of a nuclear accident. It has a medical staff of eight on call 24 hours a day. They are still waiting for their first accident patient.
Nonetheless, the REAC/TS staff manages to keep occupied. The facility, which is operated by Oak Ridge Associated Universities for the Department of Energy, has become something of a teaching hospital, and the staff conducts classes on treating radiationexposure accidents.
REAC/TS Handles 'Hot' Topics. JAMA. 1986;256(5):569. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380050025003