Environmentally Responsible Healthcare: Chapter 01: Introduction
Chapter Abstract: This is clip 1 of 4 for this video. Mercury has been used for medical purposes for 2000 years. It has been used as an antiseptic, diuretic and skin ointment. It has also been used in California for other purposes such as gold mining. Concerns over the toxicity of Mercury has curbed its use. However, it can still be found in many medical devices. When combined with other metals, mercury can form a durable alloy. Mismanaged waste generated by the use of amalgam fillings can have an impact on the environment. Waste containing mercury should not be placed in the trash or in a medical waste red bag. This waste should not be sent to a landfill or to the sewer.
Author: City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Department / LA Cityview 35
Publication Date: 2002
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|Chapter 01: Introduction|
|Chapter 02: Elimination of Equipment Containing Mercury|
|Chapter 03: Amalgam Preparation and Management|
|Chapter 04: For Additional Information / Credits|
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