VA’s “Exposure Ed” App Helps Providers with Asbestos and Other Military Exposures
Posted on February 20, 2015 by Brian Eckert
The Department of Veterans Affairs has a new app that delivers information on military-related exposures to health care providers.
Exposure Ed, available for download through the Apple App Store, is designed to educate providers about chemical, physical and environmental hazards that military veterans may have been exposed to during service so that they may talk with veteran patients about exposure-related concerns.
The app allows users to search by type of exposure, by date and location of service, and by specific conflicts. It also allows providers to share notes with patients, search for VA facilities, access information on exposure-related programs and benefits the VA offers, and help veterans determine their eligibility for VA services.
While intended for VA and non-VA health providers, the Exposure Ed can be useful for veterans as well. The VA cautions, however, that the app should not be substituted for clinical judgment.
Exposure Ed and Asbestos
One of the military exposures described by Exposure Ed is asbestos. According to the app, asbestos is a mineral fiber used in older buildings that primarily causes health problems in the lungs and the membrane surrounding the lungs (the pleura), including asbestosis, pleural plaques, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
All of the conflicts listed by the app, which span from World War II until the recent Middle East conflicts, are possible sources of asbestos exposure, says the VA. Veterans at particular risk include those who worked in mining, milling, insulating, carpentry, construction, and shipyards. Exposure may also have occurred when older buildings in Iraq and other countries were damaged.
Compensation for an asbestos-related disease may also be available through a lawsuit. Filing a lawsuit against an asbestos company does not affect your eligibility for VA benefits.
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