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Event Notification Report for April 10, 2002

                         
                    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
                              Operations Center

                              Event Reports For
                           04/09/2002 - 04/10/2002

                              ** EVENT NUMBERS **

38843  

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|Hospital                                         |Event Number:   38843       |
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| REP ORG:  VA NATIONAL HP PROGRAM               |NOTIFICATION DATE: 04/09/2002|
|LICENSEE:  VETERANS MEDICAL CENTER IN ALABAMA   |NOTIFICATION TIME:
10:25[EDT]|
|    CITY:  BIRMINGHAM               REGION:  2  |EVENT DATE:        04/09/2002|
|  COUNTY:                            STATE:  AL |EVENT TIME:        08:31[EDT]|
|LICENSE#:                        AGREEMENT:  Y  |LAST UPDATE DATE:  04/09/2002|
|  DOCKET:                                       |+----------------------------+
|                                                |PERSON          ORGANIZATION |
|                                                |RANDY MUSSER         R2      |
|                                                |JOHN HICKEY          NMSS    |
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| NRC NOTIFIED BY:  GARY WILLIAMS                |                             |
|  HQ OPS OFFICER:  RICH LAURA                   |                             |
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|EMERGENCY CLASS:          NON EMERGENCY         |                             |
|10 CFR SECTION:                                 |                             |
|BAA1 20.1906(d)(1)       SURFACE CONTAM LEVELS >|                             |
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                                   EVENT TEXT                                   
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| RECEIPT OF PACKAGE WITH A CONTAMINATED LABEL                                 |
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| A magnetic label on a radioactive transport container (metal "ammo" box')    |
| was found to be contaminated with Technetium-99m upon arrival at the VA      |
| Medical Center in Birmingham, AL.  This was found during a receipt           |
| inspection survey and the contamination level was 70 DPM/CM squared.  The    |
| package originated at Central Pharmacy in Birmingham, Alabama. The vendor    |
| and the State were notified.                                                 |
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