Maryland Pool Chemical Leak Sends 35 Campers to Hospitals - News - @ JEMS.com


Maryland Pool Chemical Leak Sends 35 Campers to Hospitals

Faulty pump released chemical into water causing many to become ill


 
 

KEVIN LEWIS, WJLA | | Thursday, July 10, 2014


VIDEOS

Multimedia Thumb

Maryland Pool Chemical Leak Sends 35 Campers to Hospitals

Patients transported to four area hospitals.
more >





EDGEWATER, Md. (WJLA) - A faulty mechanical pump forced high-levels of a hazardous chemical into a crowded pool, sending 31 children and four adults to area hospitals.

Around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, a large group of swimmers at YMCA Camp Letts began coughing profusely and vomiting. Counselors cleared the water, and called 911.

"The camp staff quickly realized what was going on, and quickly put all the children through the showers, the fresh water, to decontaminate them," said Capt. Michael Pfaltzgraff with the Anne Arundel County Fire Dept.

First responders initiated a rapid triage, assessing around five patients per minute. NewsChopper 7 was flying overhead as paramedics walked young children, wrapped in white towels, to ambulances.

"All the children, between six and 16-years-old, were suffering from inhalation injuries," Capt. Pfaltzgraff added. "Some had serious symptoms."

Paramedics transported 18 patients to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, eight to Johns Hopkins University Hospital, seven to the Anne Arundel Medical Center, and two to the Queen Anne Emergency Center.

Fire officials say the community-style in-ground pool uses two cleansing chemicals to balance pH levels: sodium hypochlorite and muriatic acid. It isn't known which of the two chemicals overcame the crowd of swimmers.

Camp Letts, which sits on a 219-acre wooded peninsula along the Chesapeake Bay, has a rich 107-year history. Despite the mid-morning calamity, other campers continued with their overnight and day sessions as staff picked-up the telephone and called home.

"We made sure we contacted all the parents in this situation," said Carla Larrick, the VP of Operations for the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. "We're waiting and collecting more facts as we stand here."

A Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) worker was on-site by Wednesday afternoon, preparing to test the pool. While officials have not identified a cause, Larrick said Tuesday evening's rainfall may be the blame.

Officials expect all 35 campers and counselors to make full recoveries.

Mobile Category: 
News




Maryland Pool Chemical Leak Sends 35 Campers to Hospitals


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, MCI, ems hazmat response

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Advancement

This is the seventh year of the EMS 10 Innovators in EMS program, jointly sponsored by Physio-Control and JEMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Salt Lake City Firefighters Injured in Firehouse Fire

Nine sent to a hospital with smoke inhalation.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Pennsylvania Paramedic Killed in the Line of Duty

West End Ambulance medic killed at accident scene.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Wesleyan Students Hospitalized for Overdose

11 students transported to local hospitals.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Rigs Going in Service from EMS Today 2015

Snap shots of some of the vehicles at EMS Today that will be on the streets soon
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Florida Hospital Fire

Fire halts construction project at Tampa cancer center.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >