DEEP: Mercury Information for Hospitals, Healthcare Facilities and Healthcare Providers

Mercury Information for Hospitals, Healthcare Facilities and Healthcare Providers

Federal and state laws have been enacted to virtually eliminate anthropogenic mercury from the environment. Some of the common uses of mercury that may be found in healthcare facilities are:

  • Thermometers
  • Sphygmomanometers (blood pressure monitors
  • Esophageal dilators (also called bougie tubes)
  • Cantor tubes and Miller Abbott tubes (used to clear intestinal obstructions)
  • Feeding tubes
  • Dental amalgam
  • Laboratory chemicals (fixatives, stains, reagents, preservatives)
  • Medical batteries
  • Mobile Hot Food Servers

Pollution Prevention for Institutions - Hospitals, Schools and Universities

Pollution Prevention Resources for Hospitals

Background Information

Related Links:

Mercury Pollution Prevention in Healthcare (NEWMOA)

Practice Greenhealth's Healthcare Environmental Resource Center

Hospitals For a Healthy Environment: Mercury Waste Virtual Elimination Model Plan

EPA - Mercury Information for Health Care Providers

EPA Mercury Homepage

Contact Information and Assistance

Content Last Updated on February 2015