Understanding the health risks associated with specific types and levels of blast exposure enables DoD scientists and engineers to develop and/or improve existing protective equipment, medical evacuation and return to duty guidelines, weapon system safety thresholds, and other tools and guidelines for the prevention, assessment, and treatment of blast injuries. The Department of Defense (DoD) Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office (PCO) hosted the International State-of-the-Science (SoS) Meeting on Blast Injury Dosimetry on June 8-10, 2010, in Chantilly, Virginia. This meeting explored ways to objectively record and document blast-related exposures and to correlate these exposures with acute injuries or chronic health effects. Knowledge gaps and recommendations were reported at the conclusion of the meeting.
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