Evacuations after major NYC hospital loses backup power

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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 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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    WOW! Kudos to that hospital staff. It must have been a very difficult night!
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    I'm consistantly impressed with the dedication and creativity shown by medical people in disaster situations
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    Much prayer to all the people and medical staff enduring Hurricane Sandy
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    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!
    HazelLPN, tnmarie, anotherone, and 2 others like this.
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    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
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    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.
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    I hope everyone is ok
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    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.
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