• Thieves Steal $500,000 In Medical Equipment Loaded With Flesh-Eating Bacteria
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[quote] Whoever stole some discarded equipment from outside a pathology lab may have gotten more than he or she bargained for. Orlando police say the equipment, worth about $500,000, is contaminated with a substance that could eat away at human skin. A pickup hauling a trailer pulled up to Florida Hospital Center for Diagnostic Pathology, 2855 N. Orange Ave., on May 3 and took the equipment from an enclosed area near a large garbage bin, police said. The theft was not reported until Friday, said St. Vince Ogburn, a police spokesman.[/quote] [url]http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-05-11/news/os-orlando-stolen-lab-equipment-hazmat-20120511_1_equipment-hazardous-materials-orlando-police-department[/url] Idiot.
Uh oh.. This could lead to something nasty.
Either that or the thieves get themselves eaten alive by their own stupidity.
"OW! One of these needles just poked my arm. Bah. Probably not a problem."
It bothers me a bit that a flesh eating bacteria was lying outside in "discarded equipment" to begin with.
[QUOTE=OP]Orlando police say the equipment, worth about $500,000, is contaminated with a substance that could eat away at human skin.[/QUOTE] What is this substance?
[QUOTE=Lhuth;35977392]It bothers me a bit that a flesh eating bacteria was lying outside in "discarded equipment" to begin with.[/QUOTE] Shouldn't it have been fully sterilized beforehand?
That substance is flesh eating bacteria. [editline]16th May 2012[/editline] Of course not, it was in discarded equipment. Why sterilize discarded equipment, anyway? Nobody's going to use that.
[QUOTE=Recurracy;35977429]That substance is flesh eating bacteria. [editline]16th May 2012[/editline] Of course not, it was in discarded equipment. Why sterilize discarded equipment, anyway? Nobody's going to use that.[/QUOTE]Because medical waste can infect people. Syringes might poke the garbage man and give the bloke something nasty, or medical waste in skips might infect some animal which goes around biting people and animals. That shit is carefully handled, transported then gets incinerated or irradiated at specially-designed medical waste disposal facilities.
[QUOTE=Lhuth;35977392]It bothers me a bit that a flesh eating bacteria was lying outside in "discarded equipment" to begin with.[/QUOTE] Not really, I would've assumed no one would be dumb enough to go near medical waste, never mind steal it.
I wonder just what it was that was thrown out, that was worth half a million USD.. Or why it was thrown away to start with, if it is worth so much.
[QUOTE=Sgt Doom;35977472]Because medical waste can infect people. Syringes might poke the garbage man and give the bloke something nasty, or medical waste in skips might infect some animal which goes around biting people and animals. That shit is carefully handled, transported then gets incinerated or irradiated at specially-designed medical waste disposal facilities.[/QUOTE] Hospitals usually have someone else handle their waste, it must've been stolen some time between being left out and when it was supposed to picked up.
I hope it is just human stupidity. Not some "bad guy" consciously stole it to infect "good guys".
I wonder if the police factored this into their sketches and just added chunks of flesh missing.
So why is it considered stealing if it was 'discarded'?
[QUOTE=ladiida;35978434]So why is it considered stealing if it was 'discarded'?[/QUOTE] Because medical waste needs to be properly disposed of, you can't just dump it in with your regular trash.
Can't the hospital be sued by the thieves for not sterilizing their junk equipment?
[QUOTE=zombays;35978577]Can't the hospital be sued by the thieves for not sterilizing their junk equipment?[/QUOTE] They took it from an enclosed area, I doubt it.
[QUOTE=Sir Whoopsalot;35978611]They took it from an enclosed area, I doubt it.[/QUOTE] But you don't just leave things out that isn't sterilized, it's idiotic.
[QUOTE=zombays;35978646]But you don't just leave things out that isn't sterilized, it's idiotic.[/QUOTE] Perhaps it was sterile, but the sealed container within the equipment contained the bacteria? Maybe the equipment was being sent off to be properly sterilized/destroyed
[QUOTE=zombays;35978646]But you don't just leave things out that isn't sterilized, it's idiotic.[/QUOTE] Let me repeat. It was taken from an [B]ENCLOSED[/B] area. That doesn't mean it was 'just left out'. For all we know, they hadn't finished processing it yet. But hey, I clearly should feel sorry for a bunch of morons who endanger themselves and others by stealing shit.
Just noticed: [quote]Investigators ask anyone with information about the case to call the police or Fire Department.[/quote] Why the fire department..? "Uhh hey we saw the thieves, they live on X avenue and appear to still have the equipment" "Okay lets go spray some water at them"
[QUOTE=Lhuth;35977392]It bothers me a bit that a flesh eating bacteria was lying outside in "discarded equipment" to begin with.[/QUOTE] $500,000 dollars worth of "discarded equipment" too.
[QUOTE=Trumple;35978726]Just noticed: Why the fire department..? "Uhh hey we saw the thieves, they live on X avenue and appear to still have the equipment" "Okay lets go spray some water at them"[/QUOTE] Maybe the fire department has some specialist gear that would be needed.
Sounds like it might be something out of the ordinary - normal medical waste has to be sealed up the instant you stop using (like sharps bins). Maybe a patient contaminated something big like a bed or a piece of electrical equipment. I'd imagine flesh-eating bacteria generate a lot of infectious fluids and what not.
[QUOTE=Sir Whoopsalot;35978698]Let me repeat. It was taken from an [B]ENCLOSED[/B] area. That doesn't mean it was 'just left out'. For all we know, they hadn't finished processing it yet. But hey, I clearly should feel sorry for a bunch of morons who endanger themselves and others by stealing shit.[/QUOTE] That plus, what the hell are they going to do? clean it as soon as they can as best they can? Rushing it is too risky. If it's in an enclosed area the bacteria will slowly die off by itself, THEN they can safely clean it. I'm betting 10$ they had a warning sign in the area PLUS didn't... you know, expect some dumb ass to steal it.
[IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c0/Biohazard_symbol.svg/200px-Biohazard_symbol.svg.png[/IMG] I'd wager something like this was around the area. Medical facilities have pretty beefy regulations regarding contaminated equipment, there is [I]no way[/I] that this was easily accessible. Someone who works for the hospital probably heard about it and missed the bit where its contaminated. And the Fire Department has HazMat gear on their trucks, they'd be far more equipped to handle it than the Police would. And I don't know where that symbol came from, but DAMN its scary.
[QUOTE=Trumple;35978726]Just noticed: Why the fire department..? "Uhh hey we saw the thieves, they live on X avenue and appear to still have the equipment" "Okay lets go spray some water at them"[/QUOTE] Ever been hit by a fire hose? Fucking hurts.
[QUOTE=S31-Syntax;35979525][IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c0/Biohazard_symbol.svg/200px-Biohazard_symbol.svg.png[/IMG] I'd wager something like this was around the area. Medical facilities have pretty beefy regulations regarding contaminated equipment, there is [I]no way[/I] that this was easily accessible. Someone who works for the hospital probably heard about it and missed the bit where its contaminated. And the Fire Department has HazMat gear on their trucks, they'd be far more equipped to handle it than the Police would. And I don't know where that symbol came from, but DAMN its scary.[/QUOTE] During the design process they needed a culturally ambiguous symbol that can easily be stenciled and has no implied meaning and can be recognized immediately. That is what was the best choice. [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biohazard#Symbol[/url]
[QUOTE=S31-Syntax;35979525][IMG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c0/Biohazard_symbol.svg/200px-Biohazard_symbol.svg.png[/IMG] And I don't know where that symbol came from, but DAMN its scary.[/QUOTE] That's why it's a good symbol :v:
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