Patients evacuated from NYC hospital due to power failure
Dr. Marc Siegel on tricky operation
- Duration 3:21
- Date Oct 30, 2012
Dr. Marc Siegel on tricky operation
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-- -- long we've been telling you about a story out of New York City and there's many stories that this is where a power failure late last night -- a hospital.
I -- evacuate more than 200 patients in the middle of this storm including twenty babies little infants.
-- happen in the unit Natal intensive care unit.
-- any of these patients in real danger what about the response here doctor Marc -- prior -- -- -- eighteen is an associate professor of medicine.
Add employees -- go to medical center where this evacuation took place and I mean it's amazing doctor wait let's see if that was to you about what happened last night.
-- this is unprecedented.
There's been previous blackouts where some generators have gone down and hospitals but nothing of this scope.
And I spoke with our dean of clinical affairs doctor Brockman who laid this out for me that there was cables in the middle of the lobby.
And we had everyone there fire department police department.
Emergency workers physicians working through the night.
They brought down the sickest patients first and the -- through them out to local hospitals to saint Luke's to mount Sinai to Cornell they brought some back.
Profanity and I'm sorry there's a woman our screen -- Aaron actually can you bring that picture back -- guys in the control and you can see she's holding a little tiny baby.
We don't really know affects you know a nurse holding a little baby if that's another the -- gave birth that there were some very small infants are removed at -- hospital how much danger where they had.
They were in quite a bit in fact a 44 of the babies were literally brought out with.
People bagging them little pushing air into their lungs nobody died in transfer you know it was really remarkable -- -- they sent doctors -- them in order to get the other hospitals to accept these patients.
Went with the patients and will work with them over the next day to help and transfer to make sure that nothing is lost and that they do well in the next hospital.
This occurred because the generators downstairs.
Covered with -- water and they weren't expecting this much water the floods caused this.
And just going back to the pictures -- there's another little a little child again as you were mentioning.
I getting some treatment there getting moved to another hospital without the risk moving forward -- and they got out of the hospital okay what about from this time on.
Well I think the patients will be okay by the way.
There was also a problem before the storm they close the emergency room they -- other patients out in anticipation of this hospital is now completely close.
-- there's no Internet there's no phone service there's no medical service whatsoever and I'm worried.
About people who live in the area after all there's been floods this power blackouts -- -- need medical care a lot of people rely on my house.
-- for that is his real quick here -- many of our medical records or are becoming electronic.
And now is there -- when he sees massive power failures since so much of the medicine in communication is done.
-- what concerned should we have a kind of -- issue we keep you know maybe not just on the Internet on email.
It -- made that point to me the break I think that's a tremendous point we go all the way to electronic medical records we're gonna lose that follow up we had to literally send physical stuff.
Doctors now just make sure -- make sure that they knew.
We have to have back up and paper the old fashioned way I'm a big believer in that we better be careful what we wish for here we're gonna go all the way to computers we're not going to be prepared for disaster like this that's this almost never happens.
It was a heroic response that -- scary thought replied -- 200 are okay including this little -- more than 200 in the -- got to -- -- -- -- thank you very much.