Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 14:02:44 -0500
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From: "Benedict, Kathryn Grace" <katbene**At_Symbol_Here**ILLINOIS.EDU>
Subject: Re: Laboratory medical oversight
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If I am not mistaken, atropine also requires a prescription and must be adm
inistered by a licensed medical professional.

Our medical group(experienced ER trained doc & nurses)in my previous resear
ch setting decided they would rather wait for the ambulance(which did have 
atropine on board) than maintain a stock of atropine for chemical rescue be
cause atropine use requires skilled calibration and the appropriate 'rescue
' drugs in hand in case the calibration was off.


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ll parks
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My last client uses a simple spreadsheet with bi-monthly required checks to
 ensure the kits are fully stocked, have not been tampered with, and the al
arm system on the cabinet works. The kits - cyanide antidote - are provided
 by an "OCC Doc" via prescription, and must be swapped out every year.
Bill Parks

**Providing sound Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety and Health, Envir
onmental Health & IAQ, Environmental, and Laboratory support services and s
olutions for over 25 years**

--- On Tue, 3/16/10, Ralph Stuart  wrote:

> From: Ralph Stuart 
> Subject: [DCHAS-L] Laboratory medical oversight
> To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
> Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 12:01 PM
> We have a variety of laboratories
> that work with chemicals that present acute hazards that
> require rapid response in case of exposure. Examples include
> HF and diisopropyl fluorophosphate among others. Some of our
> labs that use these chemicals have procured antidotes (such
> as calcium gluconate or atropine) for exposures to these
> chemicals and, for example, taped them to the fume hood
> where the material is used. We've noticed that these
> materials tend to be out of date when we discover them.
> Has anyone developed a program to manage this part of
> hazardous chemical use, such as identifying which chemicals
> require such a measure, assuring that the materials are kept
> up to date, and providing lab workers with training in their
> use?
> We're trying to assess what it would take to implement such
> a program here.
> Thanks for any information.
> - Ralph
> Ralph Stuart, CIH 
> Environmental Safety Manager 
> University of Vermont 
> Environmental Safety Facility 
> 667 Spear St. Burlington, VT=A0 05405 
> rstuart**At_Symbol_Here** 
> fax: (802)656-5407


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