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ER evacuated after patient activates fire extinguisher

Hospital Safety Insider, May 28, 2015

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Patients at a hospital in Utica, New York were briefly evacuated May 27 after a patient discharged a fire extinguisher in the ER, according to a report from WSYR-TV.

The incident occurred just after 10 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital, the report said, and five staff members and a patient’s family member needed to be treated after the incident.

The Utica Fire Department responded to the scene, and incoming ambulances had to be temporarily diverted to nearby St. Elizabeth Medical Center while the area was cleaned. The ER was reopened around 1:45 a.m., the report said.

 



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