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Archive for Saturday, September 15, 2012

25 years ago: Children discovered playing with needles from LMH trash

September 15, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 15, 1987:

Current policies and procedures for disposal of syringes at Lawrence Memorial Hospital were to be altered after two young boys had been found playing with discarded materials from an LMH Dumpster last week. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment was recommending the changes and was working with the city of Lawrence to arrange a separate waste pickup for the hospital. Two boys, age 6 and 7, had been given routine tests and treatment to prevent hepatitis after a nurse had discovered them playing darts outside the hospital with needles found in the trash. Officials from LMH said that the hospital usually incinerated its contaminated waste, but the on-site incinerator had been out of order since mid-June.

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