Preparing for a Nuclear Catastrophe: HHS Builds Stockpile of Burn Treatments for Attack

Preparing for a Nuclear Catastrophe: HHS Builds Stockpile of Burn Treatments for Attack

Wonder if they know something we don’t? HHS is adding to their stockpiles of products to treat severe thermal burns in case of a nuclear attack. That was released yesterday by Health and Human Services. To be fair, they can also be used in routine burn scenarios, but why the boost now? This comes as there are more and more terrorists flooding into the United States thanks to Barack Obama and his open borders policy and the shipping in of refugees from the Middle East. Dozens of attacks have been thwarted just lately. At some point, our luck is going to run out. We just gave the green light to a nuclear Iran. Both Russia and China have us in the crosshairs as well. If we don’t step up and show some backbone soon, an EMP or a hot nuclear war is on the horizon. Burn treatments won’t help the millions that will die in such a cataclysm.

Nuclear Attack

From CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) – “The detonation of an improvised nuclear device would produce intense heat, resulting in many patients with severe burns,” says a September 30 news release from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The announcement says HHS has contracted for the development of “four novel products to treat severe thermal burns.”

The products will boost the number of treatment options in case of disaster, and they’ll also be used in “routine” burn care situations.

The four treatments — one commercially available right now and three in development — “will be added to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) or managed by vendors to help protect people from burn injuries resulting from radiological and nuclear threats,” HHS said.

The announcement notes that burns stemming from a nuclear attack may require surgial skin grafting that is “resource intensive and technically demanding.” And with only 127 burn centers nationwide, a “mass casualty” incident could “easily overwhelm the nation’s burn care infrastructure.”

“To protect health and save lives from the impacts of multiple types of disasters, we have to address critical challenges in burn care,” said Robin Robinson, Ph.D., director of HHS’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). “These products are intended to offer greater options and help create a continuum of care in a mass casualty incident; together they have the potential to eliminate resource-intensive steps, shorten hospital stays and improve patient outcomes.”

The announcement comes at a time of heightened concern about national security in general and the threat of foreign terrorist fighters in particular.

A currently available treatment called Silverlon, manufactured by Argentum of Geneva, Ill., is described as a “long-acting, silver-impregnated nylon bandage that can be used to cover first- and second-degree thermal burns. HHS said Silverlon could help burn patients before they get surgical treatment for their injuries in the hospital. The five-year contract for delivery of Silverlon is valued at $20 million.

The other three products are being developed in federally funded clinical studies.

They include:

— NexoBrid (from MediWound of Israel), a topical gel made of pineapple-based enzymes and designed to dissolve the damaged or dead skin tissue to create a clean wound-bed for skin grafting. The five-year contract is valued at $20 million.

— StrataGraft (from Stratatech Corporation of Madison, Wis.), a cell-based skin made from living human cells that could reduce the need to remove healthy skin from the victim’s own body to graft over the burned skin; ($246.7 million contract);

— ReCell (from Avita Medical Americas, LLC of Northridge, Calif.), a topical spray derived from a small sample of the patient’s own skin. This topical spray may enhance skin growth, allowing burn surgeons to use smaller skin donor grafts, and stretch grafts over a larger burn wound. This contract has a total value up to $79.5 million.

HHS notes that since its inception in 2004, BARDA has supported the development and procurement of 16 medical countermeasures – vaccines, drugs, the new burn treatments and and other medical products needed for emergencies, including  ionizing radiation and illnesses from anthrax, smallpox, and botulism.

Just this week, the Justice Department said that just in the past year, it has brought criminal cases against 70 individuals suspected of fomenting terrorism.

Sixty of them were charged with either supporting foreign terrorist fighters or attempting to join the group.  The other 10 criminal cases were brought against individuals inspired by ISIL or other terrorist groups to commit attacks here in the United States.

“So between the 60 who wanted to join the foreign terrorist fighter groups and the 10 who wanted to commit attacks here in the United States, that’s how we have over 70 cases,” Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin’s told the Foreign Press Center on Monday.

Just one of these treatments is a $20 million dollar contract. They are spending close to $100 million on these treatments. That’s a lot of burn treatments suddenly ordered and stockpiled. HHS comes right out and says these are in preparation for a mass casualty incident. The announcement states that burns people would get from a nuclear attack might require surgical skin grafting that is “resource intensive and technically demanding.” And with only 127 burn centers nationwide, a “mass casualty” incident could “easily overwhelm the nation’s burn care infrastructure.” You think? That’s not all it would ‘overwhelm.’ These people surely have noticed that a new world war has started and we are doing nothing about it. Weakness invites attack and it sounds like these people are preparing for an inevitable occurrence, when we should be on the offensive. Someone’s also getting very rich off this whole thing. It’s one more form of wealth redistribution right into the pockets of corruptocrats. I highly doubt anyone will be surprised when the attack comes and the ones that will pay the price are regular Americans. Like I said, ointments and band aids don’t help much when you are dead.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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