Re: sewer gas
Posted by Moore on October 31, 1999 at 00:07:07:
In response to Re: sewer gas
Sewer gas is composed of a witches brew of chemicals, because of the chemicals we dispose of from our households like bleach and ammonia and peroxide and such, but the majority of the gas is Methane gas with Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Ammonium and Hypoclorites. In a hospital, there are even more noxious gasses, because of the nature of disposing of liquid wastes through the sewer system. Sewer gasses entering patients rooms can be very dangerous in certain situations, especially when ventilation is diminished with closed doors and high humidity. Sewre gasses in non-ventilated areas are VERY dangerous. You can get educated very well by contacting your local water treatment plant, and asking them for free literature on sewer gas. Hospital situations though, are well aware of noxious odors and intercontamination room from room, and usually have non-common make up air. and dedicated room exhaust air ducts, as well as interduct ultraviolet light sanitization systems, and filtering systems. The sewer gas in your friends room was likely from the domestic sewer which served the rooms lavatory or shower. Your friends flu may have required a differential in air pressure orhumidity in the room, or may have required a "quarantine" condition restricting the exhaust air. That system may have exacerbated the sewer gas odor. We in the States are blessed with doctors well trained and educated, who may have been blessed with such a wonderful upbringing that they may not have had much exposure to sewer gas, and therefore may not havce had to learn much about it. Try to have your friend drink plenty of fluids to assist the body to flush any collected contaminants through the urinary tract ond out of her / his system.

: I was wondering if you had any information on the dangers of sewer gas? A freind of mine went into the hospital for the flu and in his room was a sewer gas leak. The thing about it was that the doctor didn't even know what sewer gas was! Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for time and effort..

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