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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:34 PM
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Patient emits potentially harmful gas; hazmat called to Ann Arbor hospital
Source: Detroit Free Press

A patient who apparently ingested rodent poison and is emitting potentially harmful gasses has created a hazardous material situation at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.

The man is isolated in his room in the medical intensive care unit on the hospitals sixth floor, 5301 McAuley at East Huron River Drive, hospital spokeswoman Lauren Jones said this afternoon.

The hospital is open and the situation is isolated, she said, adding that she was unable to discuss the mans condition or other specifics due to patient privacy laws. Traffic in that area is restricted to staff involved in direct patient care and Washtenaw County Hazardous Material Team workers, according to the hospital.

Joyce Williams, public affairs manager for Huron Valley Ambulance, said rescuers transported the man to the hospital either late Saturday night or early Sunday. But the hazmat team was called between 10:30 and 11 a.m. today when the mans body began creating suspicious emissions, she said. . .

Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20110425/NEWS05/110425043/... |topnews|text|FRONTPAGE



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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:35 PM
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1. This story reminds me of my brother, the cabbage addict.....
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:45 PM
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5. ......
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:35 PM
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2. And will end up in a textbook somewhere
thank god for positive air systems.
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nebenaube Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:12 PM
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10. um negative...
the room will have a negative pressure to evacuate the gas...
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:35 PM
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3. my dog does that a lot
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:37 PM
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4. You sure this isn't an LBW post ?
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 05:38 PM by dipsydoodle
Latest breaking wind. :shrug:
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:47 PM
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6. K&R
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brewens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:50 PM
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7. Ever fart so hard yer back cracks? Who needs chiropractors? n/t
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NuclearDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:59 PM
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8. Silent...but deadly...
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:06 PM
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9. Zinc Phosphide Rat poison reacts with acid in stomach to produce phosphine gas
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 06:07 PM by hlthe2b
(Zinc phospide is an alternative rat poison to warfarin)

So, yeah, this could be serious, as phosphine gas can cause respiratory failure and death.
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buddysmellgood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:15 PM
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11. Sounds like and episode of Fringe.
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:23 PM
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13. I was thinking ER
Actually I think it *was* an episode on ER, but I can't find it.

-Hoot

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Countdown_3_2_1 Donating Member (778 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:15 PM
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12. Pickled Eggs can kill too.
Never go on a trip...in the Mid West...in the winter with a guys who loves him some pickled eggs.

--you have no idea how bad this can get!

below zero temps. we were doing 60 with the windows down. I barfed out the window and it froze on the company truck. It was a badge of honor to this guy. He was a Haz Mat emergency on legs!

I quit when we got back.
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:56 PM
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14. I figured this would get moved by the mods.
Eh.
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