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Hospital safety measures contain chemical leak

Hospital Safety Insider, August 6, 2009

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Firefighters responded to a chemical leak inside Clarkson Hospital at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE, on Wednesday.

But when responders got to the facility, they found hospital safety measures had prevented any sort of catastrophe. Ethylene Oxide, used to sterilize surgical equipment, began to leak around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. The hospital was able to seal off the room where the leak was and then safely self-vent the room over the next seven hours through the roof of the facility, Battalion Chief Mark Ervin told local news station WOWT.



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