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The uses of mercury equipment and products in Irish healthcare

McKeon, Michael (2008) The uses of mercury equipment and products in Irish healthcare. Irish Medical Journal, 102 (1). ISSN 0332-3102

Mercury is a naturally occurring metal, one of the most toxic metals within the food chain and has a number of uses in the Irish health care sector. This paper reports on a mercury survey in Ireland with the purpose to present a picture of mercury use in health settings. The findings show 50% of health settings free of all mercury medical equipment. Mercury spills occur within 30% of health settings, with no training provided in handling mercury equipment, in the management of mercury spills and only 10% of health services have mercury clean up kits. With 50% of mercury waste disposed inappropriately, a number of recommendations are advanced for reducing the amount of mercury in the health settings alongside awareness and education for health professionals.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mercury (Clinical use)
Subjects:Medical Sciences > Nursing
Medical Sciences > Health
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Nursing and Human Sciences
Publisher:Irish Medical Organisation
Official URL:http://www.imj.ie
Copyright Information:© 2008 IMO
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:19925
Deposited On:23 Apr 2014 10:35 by Fran Callaghan . Last Modified 19 Jul 2018 15:03

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