posted on Feb, 20 2013 @ 07:05 PM
11 year old Ireland Lane was at the hospital after hitting her head at school and losing consciousness. She was due to leave the hospital the day of
the fire. The last thing she recalls that day is using sanitizer to clean the table that rolled over her bed, where she had painted a wooden box as a
gift for her nurses. Ireland's father recalls that before the fire, she was playing, making static electricity with the sheets on her bed. He’d
never heard of that being a danger, let alone causing a fire.
The sanitizers that most hospitals use contain 60% alcohol in them, which is what they suspect might have caused the fire when triggered by static
electricity, while it was still wet.
No one apart from Ireland saw the fire start and investigators' initial examination unearthed no clear cause. But the girl's father says
investigators told him an alcohol-based hand sanitizer from a wall-mounted dispenser is the only thing that makes sense.
If a large amount of sanitizer was used on the table, and Ireland wiped her hands on her shirt, it could explain the Doernbecher fire, Bruley
speculated. ECRI has warned health professionals to avoid sparks by making sure hands are dry before touching devices or hand linens. But Bruley says
the risk is so small, most people don't need to worry. It can take 20 seconds or more for sanitizer to evaporate, according to ECRI testing. After the
gel or foam disappears, it doesn't generate flammable vapor.
She was taken to intensive care, then to Legacy Oregon Burn Center. She suffered third-degree burns from just above her belly button to her chin as
well as parts of her arms and the bottom of her earlobes. Her hair also caught on fire, her father says. Ireland's second skin graft surgery is
scheduled for Thursday – her 12th birthday. Her prognosis is good, though it may be a year before they know if cosmetic surgery is required.
The final report for the investigation will not be ready until later next week.
Portland hospital fire investigated; hand sanitizer link
suspected in girl's injuries
What really is sad and heartbreaking about all this, she is also a cancer survivor. Ireland was diagnosed with a rare childhood kidney cancer while
visiting relatives in Tennessee in 2007, and then spent the next five years there undergoing treatment. With dozens of surgeries, three rounds of
chemotherapy, one of radiation therapy and stem-cell treatment, she beat the cancer twice. Her family recently returned to Oregon.
May the Angels be with you, young Lady, and give you strength.
Good luck in your recovery~
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