Anhydrous Ammonia Chemical Release - Lake County Illinois April 2019
Rispens, J., Jones, S., Clemmons, N., et al. (2020). Anhydrous Ammonia Chemical Release - Lake County, Illinois, April 2019. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 69(4):109-113.
This article details the 2019 2-ton ammonia spill in Lake County Illinois, where 83 people were evaluated for exposure at local hospitals. There were no fatalities, but 14 (17%) were hospitalized (eight were admitted to the intensive care unit and seven 7 required endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation). Healthcare providers experienced symptoms of secondary exposure. None of the patients had been decontaminated in the field, prompting the authors to call for hospitals to review their related policies and procedures.
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