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ND hospitals evacuate during flooding

Hospital Safety Insider, April 2, 2009

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MeritCare facilities in Fargo-Moorhead, ND reopened on April 1, after evacuating 180 patients days earlier because of record Red River Valley flooding, according to the MeritCare Web site.

On March 26, after consulting with local and state emergency services, the health system decided to evacuate patients from MeritCare Hospital and MeritCare South University Hospital. Patients were transferred to Minnesota, South Dakota, and neighboring cities in North Dakota.

The hospitals used LifeFlight, ambulances, and buses to transfer patients, with physicians, nurses, and emergency medical technicians accompanying patients, depending on the level of care necessary for each person, the hospital said. Necessary medical equipment and supplies were also transferred with each patient.



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