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A Slow Death: 83 Days of Radiation Sickness by NHK TV Crew

By NHK TV Crew

Japan's worst nuclear radiation coincidence happened at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo, on 30 September 1999. The direct reason behind the coincidence used to be pointed out 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 employees have been uncovered to severe doses of radiation.

Hiroshi Ouchi, this sort of staff, was once transferred to the college of Tokyo medical institution Emergency Room, 3 days after the coincidence. Dr. Maekawa and his employees at the start idea that Ouchi seemed quite good for somebody uncovered to such radiation degrees. He might speak, and in basic terms his correct hand used to be a bit swollen with redness. notwithstanding, his situation steadily 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 scientific remedies for the sufferers of radiation poisoning. lower than 20 nuclear injuries had happened on the planet to that time, and so much of these occurred 30 years in the past. This ebook files the subsequent eighty three days of therapy till his passing, with specified descriptions and motives of the radiation poisoning.

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If any solution remains in the container, U ranium -235 would accum ulate and the percentage com position would increase. But using a bucket simplifies the cleaning process and therefore requires less processing time, w hich was why it was chosen to replace the dissolution tower. Another unapproved process was introduced at the ho­ mogenization stage, w hich ensures consistency in the final product. In the approved process, the product was supposed to be subdivided to prevent criticality. But to reduce process­ ing tim e, the solution was poured into a long, narrow storage tower, mixed and then agitated, and finally homogenized.

No one had any idea what kind of battle it would be, or how long it would last. B u t m a y b e th ere are things w e can d o p r e c is e ly b e c a u se 28 RADIATION EMERGENCY TREATMENT TEAM w e la c k k n o w le d g e . M a y b e t h e r e ’s a c h a n c e th a t t o d a y ’s m e d ic in e w ill h e lp O uchi. Maekawa held on to such un­ founded hopes. At 7:00 AM every morning, the medical team carried out exam inations w ith Maekawa taking the lead. Deliberation meetings started at 8:00 AM, where examination results were discussed and a treatm ent plan was established.

Hosokawa filled in Ouchi's nursing record the day of his hospital transfer. After recording details of his breathing and body temperature, his circum stances and fam ily makeup, she wrote out his nursing care plan. Stressing the importance of m ental care for O uchi and his family, she listed goals such as palliative care. W ith firm handwriting, Hosokawa wrote "Being able to leave the IC U " as the ultim ate goal. 25 R ad ia tio n E m e r g e n c y T r e a t m e n t T e a m — Day 5 A SLOW DEATH Monday, October 4, Day 5 after irradiation.

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