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Electrical issue causes emergency response at Colorado hospital

Hospital Safety Insider, October 8, 2015

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A burned-out transformer in an external light fixture triggered a fire alarm and major emergency response on October 5 at a hospital in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, according to a report in The Sun of Pagosa Springs.

The incident, which occurred around 8:15 p.m. at Pagosa Springs Medical Center, started when smoke was detected in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU), in an area in which patients are prepared for and/or recover from surgery, according to sources quoted in the report.

Fire department officials were able to isolate the smoke to one room, the report said, and cleared the building around 10:30 p.m., although a fire watch was stationed through the night. A cause for the smoke was still being investigated, the report said.

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