EMT injured after oxygen tank explodes during patient transport

The oxygen tank explosion left one EMT with minor injuries


Considering how frequently they are used, oxygen tank fires and explosions are extremely rare, but when they do occur, they can be extremely serious. Follow these 6 steps to reduce the risk of a regulator fire or oxygen tank explosion to prevent patient and provider injury in your ambulance. 

By News Staff 

NORWALK, Conn. — An oxygen cylinder/regulator tank exploded on a transport gurney in the Norwalk Hospital ER, injuring an EMT who was transporting a patient.

According to News 8, the Norwalk Fire Department arrived at the ER to find an oxygen cylinder had exploded on a gurney during a patient transport.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found moderate dust conditions and no fire. The explosion did cause burn marks throughout the area. (Photo/Norwalk Fire Department)
When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found moderate dust conditions and no fire. The explosion did cause burn marks throughout the area. (Photo/Norwalk Fire Department)

The patient did not suffer any injuries from the explosion. Authorities said that one EMT attendant was treated for minor injuries and released. The second EMT helping to transport the patient was not injured.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found moderate dust conditions and no fire. The explosion did cause burn marks throughout the area.

The explosion is under investigation.

 

Press Release July 21,2019 The Norwalk Fire Department responded to Norwalk Hospital Sunday evening, at 7:30pm, for a...

Posted by Norwalk Fire Department on Sunday, July 21, 2019

 

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