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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

NYC hospital loses power; more than 200 patients evacuate, including 20 babies

Paramedics evacuate patients from New York University Tisch Hospital due to a power outage as Hurricane Sandy makes its approach in New York October 29, 2012. More than 5.5 million people were left without electrical power by the storm, which crashed ashore late on Monday near the gambling resort of Atlantic City, New Jersey. More than one million people across a dozen states were ordered to evacuate. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER HEALTH)
Reuters/REUTERS - Paramedics evacuate patients from New York University Tisch Hospital due to a power outage as Hurricane Sandy makes its approach in New York October 29, 2012. More than 5.5 million people were left without electrical power by the storm, which crashed ashore late on Monday near the gambling resort of Atlantic City, New Jersey. More than one million people across a dozen states were ordered to evacuate. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER HEALTH)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A backup generator failed at a New York City hospital Monday night, forcing it to move out more than 200 patients, including 20 babies from the neonatal intensive care unit.
Dozens of ambulances lined up around the block outside New York University Tisch Hospital as doctors and nurses began the slow process of evacuation. They started with the sickest and youngest. Some were on respirators operating on battery power.
"It's a challenging situation," NYU Medical Dean Robert Grossman told WCBS-TV. "We drill all the time for this kind of thing. But this isn't a drill. This is the real thing."
Much of lower Manhattan was plunged into darkness by superstorm Sandy, a monstrous hybrid system that swept across a huge swath of the Eastern U.S.
Most of the power outages in lower Manhattan, where Tisch is located, were due to an explosion at an electrical substation, officials at Consolidated Edison said. It wasn't clear whether flooding or flying debris caused the explosion, said John Miksad, senior vice-president for electric operations at Con Edison.
Without power, there are no elevators, meaning patients — some of whom are being treated for cancer and other serious illnesses — must be fully carried down staircases, Grossman said.
As the patients were evacuated, gusts of wind blew their blankets. Nurses and staff huddled around the patients, some holding IVs and other equipment.
Ambulances came from around the city to help transport the sick. Patients will be taken to other hospitals including Mount Sinai and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. - AP

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  1. God bless and help the doctors, nurses and other caregivers involved in evacuating the patients.

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