Wednesday, March 6, 2013

UPDATE: All-Clear Given At Saint Al's After Boise Man Is Rushed to ER Following Mercury Spill At Fire Station

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 2:11 PM

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m.

Boise haz-mat personnel cleared the scene at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday after taking earlier precautions when a man was brought into the North Curtis Road emergency room following an incident where an amount of mercury was spilled.

No mercury was found at the hospital and all normal operations resumed once emergency crews gave the all-clear.

ORIGINAL POST: 11:30 a.m.

Boise first responders have isolated a portion of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center on North Curtis Road after bringing in a patient who was involved in a mercury spill.

Boise Fire reported that they were assisting an adult male who walked into Boise Fire Station 18 on West Chinden Boulevard at approximately 7:20 a.m. As fire personnel were examining the man, officials said he became combative and during the scuffle, a blood pressure gauge was broken, releasing a small amount of mercury.

After containing the spill, the man was transported to Saint Al's. Following the man's arrival, a portion of the hospital's emergency room was isolated and the Boise Fire hazardous materials team was called to the scene. Crews are working to mitigate any possible exposure and clean any areas that could have been affected.

One entrance to Saint Al's emergency room remains blocked, but patients are still being admitted.

Crews are expected to be on the scene through the midday hours.

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