Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Patients at Rhode Island state hospital exposed to hydrogen sulfide

From The AP:

CRANSTON, R.I. -— Dozens of people at a Rhode Island state hospital that treats people with mental illness are believed to have been exposed to hydrogen sulfide, but officials say everyone's doing fine.

The exposure occurred Oct. 18 in the Regan Building of the Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston.

Ten staff members with symptoms including nausea and vomiting, including one who fainted, were taken to other hospitals to be evaluated.

The fire department says foam insulation disturbed during roof work released the hydrogen sulfide.

About 40 people are believed to have been exposed, but officials say no one is sick and all patients remain in their rooms.