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Event Notification Report for January 24, 2002

                         
                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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                              Event Reports For
                           01/23/2002 - 01/24/2002

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

38647  

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|General Information or Other                     |Event Number:   38647       |
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| REP ORG:  ILLINOIS DEPT OF NUCLEAR SAFETY      |NOTIFICATION DATE: 01/23/2002|
|LICENSEE:  ST. ALEXIUS MEDICAL CENTER           |NOTIFICATION TIME: 14:23[EST]|
|    CITY:  HOFFMAN ESTATES          REGION:  3  |EVENT DATE:        01/21/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  IL |EVENT TIME:             [CST]|
|LICENSE#:  IL-01512-01           AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  01/23/2002|
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|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |SONIA BURGESS        R3      |
|                                                |JOHN HICKEY          NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  TOM SEIF                     |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  STEVE SANDIN                 |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|NAGR                     AGREEMENT STATE        |                             |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| AGREEMENT STATE REPORT INVOLVING UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION                     |
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| On 1/21/02 a patient undergoing a cardiac stress test at the St. Alexius     |
| Medical Center located in Hoffman Estates, IL, had the IV needle             |
| inadvertently pulled from his arm resulting in a 20mCi Technetium-99m spill. |
| The licensee washed the patient's hand which was potentially contaminated    |
| and isolated the room to allow for decay.  Survey readings using a Ludlum,   |
| model 14C survey meter, ranged between 17mr/hr and 35 mr/hr.  Twenty-four    |
| hours after the spill the highest rad reading was 5mr/hr.                    |
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