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Disinfectant Overuse May Have Caused Nurses’ Illnesses At Vermont Hospital


By Cathy Jakicic Health Care Facilities
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The rehab floors at UVM Medical Center’s Fanny Allen campus in Colchester, Vt., will reopen in the Fall Despite the fact that investigators were unable to pinpoint a specific reason why 21 nurses fell ill In the spring, according to VT Digger.

But at least part of the problem was caused by nurses using too much disinfectant to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to the Vermont Department of Health.

The nurses reported dizziness, confusion and nausea over a four-week period.

In another incident, 17 staff members reported feeling nauseated after smelling exhaust-like fumes in an operating room last October. In November, seven staff members reported a similar smell and symptoms. 

Cathryn Jakicic is healthcare industries editor of FacilitiesNet.com. For more information on hospital campuses and other medical facilities, click here.

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