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Staff stay with patients despite order of evacuation

Hospital Safety Insider, September 8, 2011

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered five New York City Hospitals to evacuate prior to Hurricane Irene’s landing, but one hospital’s administrators argued that a half dozen of their patients were too sick to move.

The nurse manager of the intensive care unit found seven nurses to stay at New York University-Langone Medical Center during the hurricane. They brainstormed what supplies they might need and plugged patient machines into outlets connected to the emergency generator.

Staff kept a three-day supply of medicine for each patient near the bed in case of necessary evacuation. Two hundred staff members total stayed, including security guards, blood bank staff, physicians, and housekeepers.

Source: CNN



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