Evacuations after major NYC hospital loses backup power

  1. 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 flooding has been reported.

    Bloomberg says a few parts of lower Manhattan still have power. He said there have been a large number of fires reported from downed power lines. ...

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  3. by   Ruby Vee
    WOW! Kudos to that hospital staff. It must have been a very difficult night!
  4. by   Brian
  5. by   DawnJ
    I'm consistantly impressed with the dedication and creativity shown by medical people in disaster situations
  6. by   NerdyNikki
    Much prayer to all the people and medical staff enduring Hurricane Sandy
  7. by   Esme12
    I have evacuated a hospital and it is a ton of work! I am always proud to be a nurse when we show what we can do when we set our minds to a task!
  8. by   herring_RN
    Working in the dark with just a flashlight, bagging vent patients. Monitors don't work. Soon pulse oximetry, IV and feeding pump batteries are dead.
    Those nurse heroes deserve praise. And prayers.
    The Heroes of the Hurricane
    While it's fun to laugh a little, and shake our heads a lot, at the clueless folks freaking out that they might not get their Starbucks during a hurricane, there are plenty of people who have behaved not just decently but positively heroically during and following Sandy's siege upon New York City and the surrounding areas. From the many offers I'm seeing on Twitter from lucky people who have power, Internet, and food and are happy to share it with those without, to the emergency responders who've been working many sleepless hours through very scary situations, to the teachers who volunteered at evacuation centers, to the city employees and Con Ed workers who've diligently kept going for the rest of us despite their own families and personal concerns, these are the people making us feel better about humanity in general. Good job, New York! Thanks, all. We'd like to pay special tribute to the following:

    The nurses and medical professionals who evacuated patients from New York University's Langone Medical Center when their backup generator failed.
    Last night, when the power failed, approximately 1,000 hospital staffers (doctors, nurses, residents, and medical students), along with firefighters and police officers, carried some 260 patients down 15 flights of stairs, in the dark, with flashlights, to ambulances that transported them to other area hospitals. According to CNN, the hospital lost power around 7 p.m. Monday after lower floors and elevator banks filled with 10 to 12 feet of water, and though emergency generators kicked in, "two hours later, about 90% of that power went out, and the hospital decided to evacuate their patients." Evacuating hospital patients takes some time and much care, as one can imagine; as of 9 a.m. today 40 or so remained. Some of those evacuated last night were 20 babies from neonatal intensive care ... http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/10/heroes-hurricane/58498/
    Last edit by herring_RN on Oct 30, '12
  9. by   xoemmylouox
    I just hope they had enough staff to bag all those patients who are on vents.. My fear is to have to decide who gets the care and who doesn't.
  10. by   Moko5327benedict16
    I hope everyone is ok
  11. by   FurBabyMom
    Wow. 215 is a lot to evacuate. Hoping all is well! I haven't had to evacuate with patients (knocks on wood). But I've been on the receiving end of the transfers from an evacuated hospital. And I've worked through some pretty scary storms, but I cannot imagine this.
  12. by   DoGoodThenGo
    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!
  13. by   DoGoodThenGo
    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
  14. by   vintagestudent
    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!