RaDIATion Protection Products
DRDO is presently following a three-pronged strategy in this difficult area as the drugs available presently are quite toxic. A number of potential chemical radioprotectors like HT-AT have been characterised and found effective.
Oral Decorporation Formulations
System action of oral decorporation formulation. Main tablet is in the intestine but released drug has reached urinary bladder.
Oral decorporation formulation(top)
Cesium-137, iodine-131, strontium-89 and 90, and heavy metals like uranium and plutonium tend to enter the body through several portals of entry in different chemical forms and settle down in various target organs. They become a continuous source of injurious raDIATion from within the body that has far reaching systemic and genetic effects and often prove fatal in medium-term or long-term perspective.
Protective Clothing for Medical Quick Reaction Teams
A rescue team in protective clothing
Health workers entering fallout areas require special protective gear to prevent physical contact with the contaminant material. Special requirements of such a gear include full body coverage without reduction in mobility and working ability, complete occlusion of colloids, significant reduction in dermal contact/inhalation of fallout materials while maintaining adequate aeration and temperature gradient. A suit for quick reaction teams has been developed with helpful colour coding. The technology has been transferred to the industry.
Shudhika—Skin Decorporation Kit
A portable emergency kit for health workers has been developed for facilitating washing off of colloidal and molecular forms of radioactivity from surfaces, including the human skin, apart from other essential material. The kit contains approved chemicals and meets the regulatory criteria. One kit is adequate for significant external decontamination of seven to eight persons. The technology has been transferred to the industry.