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Instruments and Products Used in Hospitals that May Contain Mercury

  • Thermometers
    • Body temperature thermometers
    • Clerget sugar test thermometers
    • Heating and cooling system thermometers
    • Incubator/water bath thermometers
    • Minimum/maximum temperature thermometers
    • National Institute of Standards and Technology calibration thermometers
    • Tapered bulb (armored) thermometers
  • Sphygmomanometers
  • Gastrointestinal tubes
    • Cantor tubes
    • Esophageal dilators (bougie tubes)
    • Feeding Tubes
    • Miller Abbott tubes
  • Dental amalgam
  • Pharmaceutical supplies
  • Contact lens solutions and other ophthalmic products containing thimerosal, phenylmercuric nitrate
  • Diuretics with mersalyl and mercury salts
  • Early pregnancy test kits with mercury-containing preservative
  • Merbromin/water solution
  • Nasal spray with thimerosal, phenylmercuric acetate or phenylmercuric nitrate
  • Vaccines with thimerosal (primarily in hemophilus, hepatitis, rabies, tetanus, influenza, diphtheria and pertussis vaccines)
  • Cleaners and degreasers with mercury-contaminated caustic soda or chlorine
  • Batteries (medical use)
    • Alarms
    • Blood analyzers
    • Defribrillators
    • Hearing aids
    • Meters
    • Monitors
    • Pacemakers
    • Pumps
    • Scales
    • Telemetry transmitters
    • Ultrasound
    • Ventilators
  • Batteries (non-medical use)
  • Lamps
    • Fluorescent
    • Germicidal
    • High-intensity discharge (high pressure sodium, mercury vapor, metal halide)
    • Ultraviolet
  • Electrical equipment
    • Tilt switches
    • Float control
    • Septic tanks
    • Sump pumps
  • Thermostats (non-digital)
  • Pressure gauges
    • Barometers
    • Manometers
  • Vacuum gauges