Toxic ma­te­rial ac­ci­dent at hos­pi­tal

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Ma­gog

OnAu­gust 21st, Ma­gog fire­fight­ers were called to the CSSS Mem­phrem­a­gog to re­cover a toxic bio­med­i­cal prod­uct from an au­to­clave. The out­dated prod­uct, which is used to ster­ilise en­do­scopic equip­ment, was put into

the au­to­clave, by mis­take, with the bio­med­i­cal wastes where it is all de­stroyed at high tem­per­a­tures. Once the op­er­a­tion was com­plete and the de­vice’s door was opened, a strong odor over­took some of the hos­pi­tal’s per­son­nel. The site was then cut off to per­son­nel so that the prod­uct could be dis­posed of safely.

The the poi­son cen­tre, the prod­uct sup­plier, the Cana­dian Emer­gency Cen­tre for the trans­port of danger­ous ma­te­ri­als, the

and the Ma­gog fire depart­ment were all con­sulted to guide the tac­ti­cal team of the CSSSM on how to deal with the emer­gency.

About twenty fire­fight­ers, su­per­vised by the fire cap­tain, par­tic­i­pated in the op­er­a­tion which took place in the af­ter­noon of Au­gust 21st. To en­sure ev­ery­one’s safety, a por­tion of Prin­ci­pale Street was closed to traf­fic.

The bio­med­i­cal prod­uct was re­cov­ered safely and placed in a her­met­i­cally sealed con­tainer and sent to the

re­search cen­tre on the site of the CHUS Fleu­ri­mont to be de­stroyed. The fire­fight­ers left the site around 6:30 pm.

The CSSSM held a de­brief­ing with its team the fol­low­ing day. An anal­y­sis of the sit­u­a­tion helped iden­tify pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures in or­der to avoid a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion in the fu­ture. An­other de­brief­ing was held with the Ma­gog fire depart­ment. Work­ing to­gether al­lowed those re­spon­si­ble to carry out an ex­cep­tional op­er­a­tion in com­plete safety for hos­pi­tal per­son­nel and the neigh­bour­ing pop­u­la­tion.

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