Bronson Battle Creek Treats Patients from Freon Leak at Kellogg
BATTLE CREEK, Mich – Bronson Battle Creek’s Emergency Department received 18 people from a Freon leak at Kellogg Headquarters in Battle Creek on Wednesday, March 29 2017.
When the hospital was alerted that it would be receiving patients from a hazardous material exposure, our HazMat response team began preparing a decontamination tent outside of our emergency department. Our emergency department prepared for an influx of patients and additional personnel responded to assist.
The first group of patients to arrive went through decontamination procedures. Shortly after the first four patients, an update was given by emergency responders at the scene that made decontamination unnecessary for further arrivals.
Standard response to this type of exposure includes lab work, chest x-rays, and breathing treatments because Freon can get into the blood stream and deprive the body of oxygen.
Most of the 18 patients were discharged throughout the afternoon. Some will remain for further evaluation and treatment. None have been admitted as inpatients.