Do Not Transport Potentially Hazardous Materials

Do Not Transport Potentially Hazardous Materials

If a patient is exposed to hazardous materials, DO NOT transport the hazardous material to the hospital.  Doing so is risking contamination and exposure of our providers, our ambulances, and the hospital and their staff.  Hopefully, this is obvious and self-explanatory.  The physicians and hospital staff do not need to see the container of the potentially hazardous material or the material itself in order to properly treat the patient.  If you ever encounter a patient exposed to a hazardous material, the fire department must be contacted (if they are not already on scene) to provide decontamination and mitigation of the hazard.  If it is possible and safe to do so, simply attempt to identify the name of the material so you can provide that information to the hospital staff.

There was a recent issue at one of our regional hospitals (not one to which Virginia Beach EMS routinely transports) involving an incident where a patient accidentally inhaled fumes of a sulfuric acid drain cleaner while using it at work.  The patient brought the bottle of the cleaner so the hospital staff could see what it was he had inhaled.  The bottle was capped, but not sealed.  Fortunately, hospital staff members were not exposed to the material.

The Tidewater EMS (TEMS) Council was notified and passed on a request that we remind our crews to not bring potentially hazardous materials in the ambulances or into the hospitals.

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