Freon Leak at Suburban Hospital

Emergency department not taking new patients

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    News4's Shomari Stone reports on a freon leak that closed the emergency department at Suburban Hospital. (Published Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012)

    The emergency department at Suburban Hospital in Montgomery County, Md., is not taking new patients due to a freon leak.

    The leak is from a system used to keep IT equipment cool in the basement.

    Administrative offices were evacuated as a precaution, but no patients have been evacuated from the building. Instead, emergency patients are being moved to other places in the hospital, Montgomery County Fire Assistant Chief Scott Graham said.

    New Level 1 trauma patients will be taken to other trauma centers in the area, Graham said.

    The safest way to handle the leak is to let it run out and then clear the building of freon, Graham said.

    No patients or staff have suffered injuries related to the leak.