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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(47) In one American study (47) of 107 autopsies, 4 were attributed specifically to "suffocant gases," (2) others were probably due to phosgene, and the remainder were believed to be due to vesicant gases (mustard).
"We went to the meeting and we explained our opinion and they asked us some questions and we presented evidence from America, from England and from Kuwait and Bahrain from specialised horse vets that agreed that the vesicant was not restricted," said Bouresly on Monday.
Histological changes occurring in the hemopoietic organs of albino rats after single injections of 2-chloroethyl vesicants: A quantitative study.
The use of laser Doppler imaging as an aid in clinical management decision making in the treatment of vesicant burns.
Sulfur mustard is considered a vesicant because of its blistering properties, which affect the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract (29).
(4,6,7,9-11) Paederus are nocturnal and attracted by incandescent and fluorescent lights and dermatitis occurs as a result of inadvertent contact of humans with hemolymph of the beetle containing potent vesicant paederin which acts by blocking mitosis and releasing epidermal proteases.
PICC lines are a safe and effective access device for intravenous antibiotics, chemotherapy, total parenteral nutrition and other vesicant infusions.
In the order Coleoptera, only Meloidae, Oedemeridae and Staphylinidae release vesicant chemicals that cause dermatitis and conjunctivitis (the first two release cantharidin and the latter, pederin).
A fifth task, patient monitoring, was also discussed during the focus groups, but the nurses reported that it was impossible to estimate the time they spend on this task because unless it is part of a specific protocol (e.g., push dose or vesicant administration), it is done simultaneously with other activities.
Therefore, RCAs were incomparable to vesicant, choking, and nerve agents, all of which were designed to produce casualties and fatalities.
(2) The insect contains in its body fluid a vesicant chemical that could cause contact dermatitis.
For oncology nurses, charges of negligence and malpractice can arise in situations ranging from a poorly managed vesicant extravasation to providing inappropriate information during telephone triage.