Evacuations after major NYC hospital loses backup power - page 2

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says backup power has been lost at New York University hospital and the city is working to move people out. ... The hospital complex is near the East River in an area of lower Manhattan where... Read More


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    Just woke up after a nice long nap, but here is the latest from local NYC news reports:

    All transferred patients are doing well at their relocated facility with to of the women in labour having given birth with both mothers and infants well.

    Got sick of the indoor and location news reporters after awhile so stopped watching reports/coverage of the NYU-Langone evacuation, but apparently staff knew their roles and 215 patients were moved with speed and efficiency. We live on the UES of Manhttan and for most of the night and into the morning hours there was a steady caravan of ambulances going up and back downtown we assume taking transfers to NYP, Lenox Hill and Mount Sinai hospitals.

    As usual in this sort of situation once it was nearly sure the storm was going to affect the NYC area patients who could be discharged home or to another safe place were, so the 215 left were mostly CC patients including NICU babies, and of course women who went into labour before the storm really hit.

    News reporters got on my nerves with things like "how could this happen?", "didn't someone check those generators before the storm?", " can you believe the telephone system is out as well... how are families going to find out about patient transfers?", and my personal all time favourite of the night was when an on the scene reporter was telling the anchor desk female newsreader "one woman had to be evacuated whilst she was in labour, can you imagine being moved while in LABOUR? "K" you have children so I'm sure you can imagine how terrible *that* must have been".

    One local on scene reporter got to interview Dr. LaPok (what he was doing down there one has no idea, IIRC he said he was at NYP and heard the news so came down to assist), and again all the news reporter seemed to care about was getting a name or something to assign blame to for the generators going out during a storm.

    There were various print/Internet news reports that Bellevue was being evacuated, that wasn't true. While the hospital did have problems overnight with it's backup generators both staff and NYFD worked and seemed to have resolve the situation as there wasn't a major news report of Bellevue losing power/being evacuated. Since they are just down the street from NYU-Langone am sure many of the reporters there would have jumped to cover yet *another* NYC hospital being evacuated.

    All and all one wants to give a big hug and high five to staff especially NYU's nurses, ya'll did great!
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    Look who was in NYU hospital and evacuated with the rest of the patients!
    "Kenneth Langone, the billionaire chairman of New York University Hospital, said he was a patient at the NYU Langone Medical Center when it lost power duringHurricane Sandy and had to be evacuated. "

    “The backup generators failed, it’s that simple, but the story here is the magnificence of the effort of all of our people and what they did,” Langone, 77, today said in a telephone interview from his Fifth Avenue apartment. “Just think of the effort to bring down 200 and some patients and they did it and they did it all night long.”

    “I saw it all happen, and I watched these wonderful nurses and nurse’s aides, I saw humans at their best, at their very best, and you say thank god there’s people on earth like this,”he said. “This impromptu command center that was set up, I sat there and I watched it and I marveled.”
    Last edit by DoGoodThenGo on Oct 30, '12 : Reason: Content Added
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    Kudos x 1000 to the nurses and staff at NYU! May the Lord bless you for your amazing emergency evac work. Your fellow nurses are darn proud of you!

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    kudos to medical personnel. my husband works @ bellvue and he said the power is out. the staff members are transporting patients up and the the stairs where some of them are on the 18th floor. got to give them praise.
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    To DoGoodThenGo

    You spell differently. Labour. Favourite. Where are you from? I'm currently in love with a Brit and he spells just like you. And he says "whilst." Sigh.

    Yes, kudos and hi-fives to our NYC nurses.
    Last edit by multi10 on Oct 31, '12
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    I work in one of those hospitals that took in many of those emergency transfers from NYU Langone; let me tell you, that if people think those nurses deserve praise for transporting those patient out, many may be surprised to realize that it didn't just stop there. Upon arrival with those patients into the new hospitals, many of these RNs resumed their care despite being in completely new surroundings. The hospital took their names and was able to ascertain licensure status from the state, and allowed them to continue working as full RNs.

    It seems to me that the more one digs into this story about dedication to duty, the more one finds that is worthy of laudatory adjectives. IMHO, that's just the nature of the nurse, humbly and quietly going about their business while conducting themselves with the best of human character; it's a shame that it takes a disaster for the public to notice.

    Kudos to those in NYU Langone for showing the world what nurses really are.
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    Makes you realize that "tough night at work" is extremely relative!
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    Well we now know what Dr. John LaPook was doing down there, pipe:

    Inside NYC hospital's near disaster during Sandy - CBS News
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    Quote from Emergency RN
    I work in one of those hospitals that took in many of those emergency transfers from NYU Langone; let me tell you, that if people think those nurses deserve praise for transporting those patient out, many may be surprised to realize that it didn't just stop there. Upon arrival with those patients into the new hospitals, many of these RNs resumed their care despite being in completely new surroundings. The hospital took their names and was able to ascertain licensure status from the state, and allowed them to continue working as full RNs.

    It seems to me that the more one digs into this story about dedication to duty, the more one finds that is worthy of laudatory adjectives. IMHO, that's just the nature of the nurse, humbly and quietly going about their business while conducting themselves with the best of human character; it's a shame that it takes a disaster for the public to notice.

    Kudos to those in NYU Langone for showing the world what nurses really are.
    Had wondered about that, I mean it' s not like the accepting hosptials could call up additional staffing from their internal hires, so it makes sense for NYU's nurses to continue care at the new facility after transfer. Thanks for the inside information!
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    Amazing. Great teamwork. I can't even imagine the night they had!
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