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Mercury in Health Care

Mercury in Health Care”Breakage of mercury-containing devices and improper disposal contaminate the facility and its immediate environment, often exposing staff, patients, and the community.”

Mercury Pollution and the Health Care Industry

Mercury has a surprising number of uses in the health care sector. In health care facilities, mercury can be found in medical instruments (such as thermometers, blood pressure instruments, gastrointestinal tubes, dilation and feeding tubes), in laboratory chemicals, pharmaceutical products (such as vaccines and eye/nose drops), and dental amalgams, and also in standard electrical and electronic equipment (such as batteries and fluorescent light bulbs). Mercury is ubiquitous in health care.

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Last updated on 14 June 2011

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