Instruments And Solutions In the Health Care Field That May Contain Mercury

  • Gastrointestinal tubes (e.g. bougies, feeding tubes, cantor tubes and esophageal dilators)
  • Various thermometers (incubators, laboratory and fever)
  • Sphygmomanometers (blood pressure devices)
  • Pressure gauges (e.g. barometers, manometers, vacuum gauges, x-ray tubes and heating pad tilt switches)
  • Pharmaceutical supplies (e.g. vaccines with thimerosal, early pregnancy kits with mercury containing preservatives and diuretics with mersalyl or phenlymercuric nitrate)
  • Batteries (e.g. alarms, defibrillators, hearing aids, pacemakers, ultrasound machines and ventilators)
  • Electrical equipment (e.g. building security systems and fire alarm switch boxes)
  • Dental “silver” amalgam
  • Laboratory solutions
  • Histology stains and fixatives (B5)


If contact with mercury occurs, call your State, or National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222!