Guide to Alternatives for Healthcare Personnel

This Guide to Alternatives, prepared by HCWH, aims to assist hospital administrators and healthcare professionals in their efforts in choosing existing alternatives for two of the most common and widely-used mercury-containing medical devices — fever thermometers and sphygmomanometers.  The guide discusses basic information on the issue of mercury in health care and offers detailed steps in managing small mercury spills.  A list of existing alternatives for fever thermometers and sphygmomanometers is also provided followed by the types and brands locally available.  Directories of suppliers and the cost price of each brand/model of mercury-free products available in the Philippine market are also included.  A section is also provided as a quick overview on mercury-containing fluorescent lamps.