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Loyola Occupational Medicine Expert Comments on Arlington Heights Explosion

Loyola University Health System Director of Occupational Health Available to Discuss Impact of Arlington Heights Blast

WHAT:  The explosion that occurred in an Arlington Heights factory that killed one and injured several others may have a long-lasting physical and emotional impact on fellow workers and community members, according to Mary Capelli-Schellpfeffer, MD, medical director of occupational health at Loyola University Health System.

“After an industrial accident, even if someone can ‘walk away’ without visible injuries, it doesn’t mean there aren’t health concerns,” Capelli-Schellpfeffer said.
She encourages anyone who was near the scene to be medically evaluated as soon as possible if he or she experiences:

Headache; hearing changes; sleep disturbances, such as nightmares; nausea; trouble breathing or anxious feelings.

“Even after authorities have determined the cause of today’s explosion, the uncertainty and worry about the tragedy can continue for several weeks or months. It’s important during this time to help employees and neighbors to stay focused to limit additional injuries,” Capelli-Schellpfeffer said.

Capelli-Schellpfeffer is an expert in the management and treatment of occupational health and safety concerns, including workplace injuries, hazardous exposures and job physicals.

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Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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