By NHK TV Crew
Japan's worst nuclear radiation coincidence came about at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo, on 30 September 1999. The direct reason for the twist of fate was once brought up because the depositing of a uranyl nitrate solution--containing approximately 16.6 kg of uranium, which passed the serious mass--into a precipitation tank. 3 staff have been uncovered to severe doses of radiation.
Hiroshi Ouchi, this type of employees, was once transferred to the college of Tokyo clinic Emergency Room, 3 days after the twist of fate. Dr. Maekawa and his employees at the beginning inspiration that Ouchi seemed really good for anyone uncovered to such radiation degrees. He may well speak, and simply his correct hand was once a bit swollen with redness. even if, his situation progressively weakened because the radioactivity broke down the chromosomes in his cells.
The medical professionals have been at a loss as to what to do. there have been only a few precedents and confirmed clinical remedies for the sufferers of radiation poisoning. under 20 nuclear injuries had happened on the earth to that time, and so much of these occurred 30 years in the past. This booklet records the next eighty three days of remedy until eventually his passing, with unique descriptions and causes of the radiation poisoning.
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Extra resources for A Slow Death: 83 Days of Radiation Sickness
M edical staff risk radiation exposure by touching or breathing any radioactive substances present on the patient's body or clothes. The am ount of radioactive m aterial dispersed in this accident was very low. Instead, O uchi and his colleagues were exposed to radiation from neutron beams and gamma rays. If they had been exposed to any radioactive substances, it would be only a trace. So there was virtually no risk of secondary radiation in their case. However, this inform ation was unavailable at the tim e of Ouchi's transfer to the NIRS.
Inset 2) The stretcher was taken to the Intensive Care U nit on the third floor in an elevator reserved for emergency patients. Physicians assigned to O uchi's care that day and Nurse Hosokawa were waiting in the private room reserved for Ouchi. Lying on his bed, O uchi spoke. " Hosokawa was taken aback. She had not expected Ouchi to be in a condition to speak normally. The words ra d ia tio n v ic tim had Hosokawa expecting a patient w ith extensive external damage and a low consciousness level.
But O uchi seemed healthy at the m om ent, and did not appear at all to be a patient who had been exposed to a high dose of radiation. M aekawa swore to him self that he would do his utm ost to treat Ouchi. Shihoko Kobayashi, Head Nurse of the U niversity of Tokyo Hospital's Emergency Department, had received a call at 11:30 PM the previous day from Rum iko Irimura, Director of the N ursing D epartm ent. Irim ura transm itted N IRS's request to dispatch a nursing staff capable of providing intensive care for a radiation accident victim .