Firefighters can now add a chemical warfare decontamination tool to the protective equipment they wear and carry. Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion, called RSDL, has been available to military organizations, and is now on the market for firefighters and other first responders.
RSDL, developed by RSDecon, is a liquid decontaminant that removes and neutralizes chemical warfare agents and T2 toxin on the skin within two minutes. Deployed by troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, it has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for external use. Contact with eyes and mucous membranes and prolonged contact with skin should be avoided.
In emergency conditions, RSDL does not require immediate removal from the skin, but should be rinsed off as soon as possible. An ingredient in the lotion is absorbed. Studies with RSDL left on the skin for 24 hours showed minimal adverse effects. Studies beyond that timeframe were not conducted.
RSDecon is a business unit of Bracco Diagnostics. For information, call 888-773-3266 or go to www.rsdecon.com.