Mercury clean ups can be costly for businesses, home owners and health care facilities. To remove all mercury, including vapors, contacting a hazardous waste specialist is recommended. Finding out how and where to dispose of mercury can be learned by contacting the local solid waste district.
to get every bit of mercury out of the hospital that we can," RRMC President Tom Huebner said.
The drive to reduce the number of mercury containing devices at Rutland Regional Medical Center concluded earlier this month.
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Mercury is a neurotoxin, meaning it affects the neurological system. Dangers surrounding mercury in large part involve ingesting vapors that can make their way into the bloodstream. Skin contact and absorption are also ways of becoming contaminated with mercury. Symptoms of ingested mercury range from emotional irritability and excitement to headaches, drowsiness, kidney damage and bleeding gums.
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After three years of collecting and replacing commonly used equipment, such as blood pressure measuring machines, the hospital has created a mercury safe environment.
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Collecting, disposing of and replacing 148 mercury containing devices cost the hospital approximately $12,000. Blood pressure machines have been replaced with aneroid models that use an air chamber instead of a mercury chamber for measurement.
The largest risk is for children and fetuses, as both can sustain health problems from exposure.
of being Roshes Girls knocked over. Other devices within the hospital that contain mercury are fever and hospital laboratory thermometers, esophageal dilators, Foley catheters and Cantor tubes.
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