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Hurricane Irene forces total evacuation for one CT hospital

Hospital Safety Insider, September 1, 2011

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Johnson Memorial Medical Center in Stafford, CT, suffered a power outage from Hurricane Irene on Sunday morning. The hospital receives power from two sources, both of which failed.

The hospital had time to prepare for the storm, ensuring medical supplies, food, and extra staff were all available. The back-up generator was also tested prior to the storm

The generator took over on Sunday morning but failed at about 3:30 p.m.  As hospital staff unsuccessfully tried to get a new generator, the call was made to evacuate the entire hospital, starting with the intensive care unit.   Forty-three patients were transferred to area hospitals. Patients were carried down stairs using stair chairs or scoop stretchers.

Family members were notified and had to wait outside in the storm at the hospital to join their loved ones, as the lobby and emergency department were filled with patients awaiting transfers.

Source: Hartford Courant



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