Medical Monitoring After Exposure to Anhydrous Ammonia

 

A medical monitoring program is being coordinated between First District Health Unit and Trinity Health to detect possible longer term respiratory problems for people who experienced significant health effects during the recent anhydrous ammonia release in Minot. 

 

First responders, people living in the Tierracita Vallejo subdivision, and those who sought medical care or who experienced respiratory symptoms, will be contacted and offered the opportunity to complete a brief health questionnaire and to receive pulmonary function tests (PFT).  PFT results will provide information whether the respiratory system may have been affected by the exposure.  Those with significant PFT results will be referred to a health care provider for additional medical evaluation. 

 

People with PFT results in the normal range will be contacted in 1-2 months for a follow-up evaluation.  If they continue to have respiratory symptoms, a follow-up PFT will be offered.  Those with abnormal PFT results on the first PFT also will be offered a follow-up PFT. People with significant results on the follow-up PFT will be referred to a health care provider for additional medical evaluation.