Medical Management Guidelines (MMGs)

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What are the Medical Management Guidelines (MMGs) for acute chemical exposures?

The Medical Management Guidelines (MMGs) for Acute Chemical Exposures were developed by ATSDR to aid emergency department physicians and other emergency healthcare professionals who manage acute exposures resulting from chemical incidents. The MMGs are intended to aid healthcare professionals involved in emergency response to effectively decontaminate patients, protect themselves and others from contamination, communicate with other involved personnel, efficiently transport patients to a medical facility, and provide competent medical evaluation and treatment to exposed persons.

The Medical Management Guidelines (MMGs) for Acute Chemical Exposures provide:

  • basic chemical and exposure information,
  • a summary of potential health effects,
  • prehospital management information,
  • emergency department management information, and
  • information for the patient.

The MMGs comprise Volume III of the three volume ATSDR Managing Hazardous Material Incidents (MHMI) series. You may obtain more information about the complete MHMI series, at the MHMI home page.

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PDF File Downloading Information

Please note: Each MMG is available in both the standard HTML format below or in the PDF format. This PDF format requires Adobe Acrobat Reader external icon, which can be downloaded free from the Adobe web site.

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Managing Hazardous Material Incidents (MHMI). Volumes III. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 2001. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service.

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Further Information

Further information about other hazardous substances my be obtained by visiting the ATSDR ToxFAQs™, which provide answers to the most frequently asked questions about hazardous substances.

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How do I contact ATSDR?

Further information can be obtained by contacting the ATSDR Information Center at:

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences
4770 Buford Highway
Chamblee, GA 30341-3717
Phone: 1-800-CDC-INFO 888-232-6348 (TTY)
Email: Contact CDC-INFO

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Page last reviewed: June 24, 2014