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Hospital decontaminates emergency workers after exposure

Hospital Safety Insider, August 27, 2008

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A hospital in Schenectady, NY, used its decontamination unit to wash down nine firefighters and ambulance workers on Tuesday after a response to an industrial accident in the city.
 
Ellis Hospital set up the decon unit in its parking lot after the emergency responders suffered exposures to hydrogen sulfide, a byproduct of sewage, according to the Daily Gazette of Schenectady.
 
Emergency crews had responded to an accident where two workers from a local company were overcome by hydrogen sulfide fumes when they entered a tanker truck, the Gazette reported. Those workers were in critical condition at Ellis Hospital as of Tuesday night.
 



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