CAS ID #: None
Affected Organ Systems: None
Cancer Effects: None
Chemical Classification: None
Summary: All attempts should be made to determine the identity of the hazardous material before the Unidentified Chemical guideline is used. Responders should obtain assistance in identifying the chemical(s) from container shapes, placards, labels, shipping papers, and analytical tests. General information on these identification techniques is located in Managing Hazardous Materials Incidents Volumes I and II. The Unidentified Chemical protocol provides basic victim management recommendations but the techniques for a specific chemical could provide information which would allow more effective patient treatment.
Publication intended to aid emergency department physicians and other emergency healthcare professionals who manage acute exposures resulting from chemical incidents.
- Page last reviewed: March 3, 2011
- Page last updated: March 3, 2011
- Content source: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry