Saturday, 16 December, 2017

New Hampshire hospital evacuated due to 'chemical release'

Ambulances were called to Exeter Hospital and patients were evacuated Ambulances were called to Exeter Hospital and patients were evacuated
Dexter Carr | 12 August, 2017, 00:23

Between 8 and 9 AM Friday morning, staff members in the hospital's operating room began feeling dizzy and nauseous.

Ambulances from multiple area communities responded to Exeter Hospital around 11 a.m. after a report of some sort of "chemical release" in the emergency room.

The turmoil started shortly before 9am, with five staff members in Exeter Hospital's operating room complaining of nausea.

The emergency room and operating room are closed, but the rest of the hospital is open.

Patients on stretchers outside Exeter Hospital
Patients on stretchers outside Exeter Hospital

The cause of the odor is being investigated. The fire department said it may have been caused by a carbon dioxide or anesthesia chemical leak. Twelve of those who felt ill were sent to other facilities and seven were released, Vasapolli said.

Residents and local fire departments were asked not to bring new patients to Exeter Hospital because of the evacuation.

'Most experienced only minor symptoms and received supportive treatment, ' it said.

Officials say they have not been able to find the source of what is making people sick at the hospital.

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