The Windscale Pile Nuclear Disaster
The Windscale pile was one of the biggest and most serious nuclear power accidents that took place in northwestern England. The accident was rated a level 5 on the international nuclear event scale. In October 1957, the NO.1 reactors graphite control blocks got out of control causing uranium cartridges to rupture then it began to oxidize releasing radioactivity. The radioactive iodine was released into the atmosphere spreading across the UK and Europe. It has been estimated that the incident has caused 240 cancer cases. Mainly thyroid and lung cancer.
Some community resources that can possibly help the victims could be a safer environment, shelter, financial help that can help with basic needs, medications, emotional support, counseling and support groups. The best way nurses can help these patients would be to manage their symptoms, refer them to specialist or any additional help/information, emotional support, listen. The radioactivity affecting a country’s food supply became a main concern during that time due to the Windscale fire. That was a big concern because high levels of iodine 131 were found in the milk from the cows who consumed contaminated pasture.
Dadabbo, T. (2017). Windscale and its underlying effect on the milk supply. Retrieved from http://large.stanford.edu/courses/2017/ph241/dadabbo1/
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