Contamination of Evidence Seized at Chemical Agent Crime Scenes

The potential exists for a chemical agent to be used as a weapon against the civilian population of the United States. An element of the response to such an event involves protection of life by decontamination of victims in the field prior to emergency medical care. While it is generally accepted that decontamination reduces the dose of contaminant received by victims, there is little available documentation of the effectiveness of decontamination under field conditions.