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Crews control chemical leak at MWC hospital


MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Midwest Regional Medical Center is back to normal after a brief scare Tuesday afternoon.

It was around 2:30 p.m. an alarm at the hospital went off, detecting a dangerous chemical in the operating room.

Hospital officials said an alarm went off detecting a leak in a canister of ethylene oxide, a chemical used for the sterilization of operating room tools.

The alarm alerted hospital officials and the Midwest City Fire Department.

Staff in that area of the hospital did evacuate.

Matt Henson, spokesperson for Midwest Regional Medical Center, said, “It is a dangerous chemical. It is low-hanging to the ground and static discharge may cause it to ignite.”

Crews ventilated the area and after about two hours declared the operating room safe.

Henson said, “No patients were harmed. No one was ever in danger.”

Officials said the main hospital was in no way impacted by the chemical leak.