Blister Agent

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Blister Agent

A chemical that causes blisters or other severe irritation on human or animal skin. Occasionally, blister agents are used in medical treatments and may have a commercial value for this reason. However, blister agents are usually used in chemical weapons.
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Concentrations of mustard gas [bis(2-chloroethyl)sulfide] in the tissues of a victim of a vesicant exposure.
Ocular involvement is usually secondary to rubbing the eyes with hands contaminated with vesicant fluid.
Nurses, physicians, and pharmacists must work together to implement systems to reduce the risks for vesicant injury.
This SBIR will allow QMT to validate this core technology with a critical user, the Department of Defense medical community, and solve a long standing challenge for the Department of Defense -- the treatment of vesicant wounds.
Vinorelbine can cause both irritant and vesicant types of injection site reactions.
Other patents that have received notice of allowance, but have not yet issued, will extend this to cover the aerosol use of most vesicant cytotoxic drugs.
Should extravasation occur, DOXIL is not a vesicant but should be considered an irritant (see DOSAGE and ADMINISTRATION section of the Prescribing Information).
Because many of the drugs given intravenously are potent vesicants, one must ensure that there is absolutely no extravasation of any drug.
These so-called nerve gases, which are actually all liquids at room temperature, are lethal far more quickly and in far lower concentrations than other classical chemical warfare agents, such as vesicants, choking agents and blood agents, and are effective both when inhaled and when absorbed through the skin.
Weapons of mass destruction are attractive to potential terrorists because they create fear; are inexpensive; cause no damage to land or equipment; are difficult to detect; usually have no immediate clinical signs, ie, no burning on contact, invisible, and no taste or smell; and exhibit a delayed onset of symptoms--nerve agents within minutes, vesicants within hours, and biological agents within days.
Vesicants like Mustard gas or Lewisite that cause a blistering or burn-like syndrome