Woman exposed to lead oxide sent to San Jose hospital in serious condition

SAN JOSE (KRON) — A patient is being decontaminated at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose after being exposed to lead oxide in Hollister Thursday morning is in serious condition, according to firefighters.

An air ambulance brought in a woman from Hollister to the hospital located at 751 S. Bascom Ave., Fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said.

Hospital staff learned she was exposed to lead oxide and called for a hazardous materials team to respond through the Santa Clara County emergency communications service around 10:40 a.m., Matlow said.

The patient was decontaminated in Hollister before she was boarded onto a helicopter, according to Matlow.

A local hazardous materials team is decontaminating the woman for a second time outside the medical facility to remove any residual contaminants before she’s taken into the emergency department, Matlow said.

There was no threat to other patients or medical staff as of about 11:30 a.m., according to Matlow.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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