WV hospitals narrowly avert water crisis

West Virginia hospitals narrowly averted disaster after the recent Freedom Industries chemical spill, but the threat may still be present, according to Newsweek. After the spill, a "do not use" order was placed on tap water for several days. Thomas Health System and Charleston Area Medical Center, the two major hospital systems in the Kanawha River Valley, both managed to get sufficient drinking water through a combination of government assistance and reserves. However, they told Newsweek that there are still concerns about sanitation. "Hand washing is a huge patient and staff protection issue," said Brian Ulery, vice president at Thomas Health System. Hospitals also need a reliable supply of sanitary water for tasks like equipment sterilization and laundry, according to Newsweek. Article

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