Those admitted to hospitals tend to put their full trust in the medical professionals caring for them. Whether it is a doctor, nurse, or surgery assistant, patients can do little else than trust what the professional recommends for their health.
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We all live with asbestos every day. Luckily, for most of us, the deadly fibers of the ubiquitous mineral are usually encapsulated within some material. Unluckily for a growing number of us, that material is aging.
When this happens, either all of the material is removed and replaced or it is ignored, becomes increasingly friable, and it becomes increasingly likely that some of the fibers will be released and become airborne, waiting to settle deep in an unsuspecting victims lungs, where it will lurk and decades into the future, make it presence known as the individual is diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Asbestos exposure can happen in many places, even your own home. Since asbestos fibers have been worked into construction materials and consumer products of all kinds over the years, many US homeowners and renting families are experiencing exposure today as the materials break down over time.
In the U.S., in many communities, you can find a great variety of building styles and ages. In California, however, there tend to be fewer older building than in some eastern states.
While California has a few remaining missions that date from the period of early Spanish settlement, and a few cities, like San Francisco that have a few historic buildings, the vast bulk of the state's building were put in place during the great post-war growth period, when California overtook New York to become the most populous state.
It is unfortunate that the period coincided with the period when asbestos was most common in building material. And as California's population exploded, so too did its population of school age children. California built thousands of schools during this period.
What was it that the little train repeated as it chugged up that hill?
For some Americans, September 26, 2014 marked the first day they had heard the word "mesothelioma." Mesothelioma is a disease caused by asbestos exposure that is almost always fatal. Many blue collar workers are at risk for developing the disease after handling the substance for years, or decades, on the job.
Workers were worried at the VA hospital that the air conditioning system could be spreading asbestos contaminated dust among the staff and 37,000 veterans treated yearly in the facility.
Asbestos wrapped-pipes were located in the subbasements of the buildings and workers knew that some of that wrapping had begun to crumble and broken pieces of insulation were on the floor.
In the subbasement, the pipes are located close to many air ducts of the building's air conditioning system. The ducts are old and may not be properly sealed, allowing potentially asbestos-contaminated dust to be sucked into the air supply of the building.