Evacuations after major NYC hospital loses backup power - page 3

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... Read More

  1. by   herring_RN
    I worked during the Northridge earthquake in 1994. The power went out, came back on, and was off again.
    The generator came on when city electricity went down. The the generator was skaken off it's platform with an after shock.
    Both my adut patients were mechanically ventilated. Some of us had little flashlights that we squeezed to check pupils. we put those between our teeth so both hands could be free.
  2. by   DoGoodThenGo

    Dr. John LaPook is on Charlie Rose (PBS stations) being interviewed about the NYU-Langone evacuation.
  3. by   DoGoodThenGo
    Quote from Bill Levinson
    A hospital needs to have a RELIABLE source of backup power for emergencies. It's not like if you lose the power to your home (I did for about 16 hours) where all that is at risk are your groceries unless you can get ice and dry ice to keep them cold. We are talking about life-critical equipment, plus the need to move seriously ill people to another location. Somebody needs to find out why the backup generator failed. If it's not reliable, then they need two backup generators (parallel system reliability.) (Disclaimer: Does not constitute formal engineering advice.)
    Dr. John LaPook (who was at NYU-Langone during the evacuation) explained what happened.

    NYU-Langone has several series of back-up generators several of which are located on upper floors of the hospital complex, however per NYS/NYC code the fuel pumps to those generators are located in the basements of the buildings. The storm surge was way over what was ever predicted (NYU's backyard is the FDR Drive then the East River beyond) when things were designed and water began to enter. That water got to the fuel pumps and thus they had to be shut down. Once the fuel pumps were not operating the generators located on upper floors couldn't operate.

    All generators are working now/flood water removed but NYU-Langone is wating until Con Edison restores power before opening up for patients again.

    For the record NYU-Langone is in the process of building a new state of the art two hundred million dollar power plant capable of providing for the entire complex. It is under construction in a building on hospital property and is scheduled to be completed by 2014.

  4. by   DoGoodThenGo
    NYU-Langone NICU nurses on ABCNews right now: Hero NYU Hospital Staff Rescues Newborns During Sandy - ABC News

    Great interview with the NICU nurses from NYU-Langone speaking about the recent evacuation of the hospital during hurricane Sandy. Included in the group is the nurse seen worldwide and commented on by Obama holding an infant on stretcher as they are being loaded onto ambulance.
  5. by   OCNRN63
    Who is Dr John LaPook? Is he more awesome than Dr Oz?
  6. by   DoGoodThenGo
    Quote from OCNRN63
    Who is Dr John LaPook? Is he more awesome than Dr Oz?
    Oh I don't know about that! *LOL*
    Jonathan LaPook, M.D. - CBS News

    At least the man actually wears real clothing on air and doesn't run around in scrubs everywhere as if he lives in the things. Come to think of it Mrs. Oz must have the easiest laundry day of any housewife on her block. I mean no shirts to launder or iron/send out, ditto for trousers and suits to pick up from the dry cleaners. Just pop the lot of scrubs into the washer then dryer, fold and put away.

    Not that one assumes for a moment Mrs. Oz does the laundry herself at that household!