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article imageDoctor on Sandy: It's bad as 9/11 for the hospitals

By Can Tran     Oct 31, 2012 in World
The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy has put NYC hospitals through a crucible. Hospitals such as Bellevue Hospital and NYU Medical Center were forced to evacuate patients. One doctor compared Sandy being bad as 9/11 for hospitals.
United States President Barack Obama is currently in New Jersey along with its state governor Chris Christie to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy which is also called “Frankenstorm Sandy” just in time for Halloween. Recently, Obama has warned that the dangers posed by Hurricane Sandy are not yet over as the storm continues moving northward. While surveying the damage caused to New Jersey, Obama said was assuring residents that the federal government would be here for the “long haul.” Currently, Obama is going up for re-election against former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney who is the GOP challenger. Election day is set for Tuesday, November 6.
As Hurricane Sandy alone was a threat, it became more threatening as it combined with another weather system called a nor'easter.
For the east coast, it looks as if the federal government's going to be there for a long time. In the case of New York City, it is a crucible for those that work at the hospitals making sure that their patients remain safe. Due to the flood damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, hospitals had no choice but to evacuate. According to a recent ABCNews article, Hurricane Sandy really put NYC hospitals to the test in regards to hurricane readiness.
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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has given confirmation that Bellevue Hospital, located near Manhattan's East River, started the evacuation process. Since the power went out, Bellevue Hospital was been surviving off the backup generators; but, that alone would not suffice. It was discovered that the basement was flooded and the amount of damage was underestimated.
The discovery was made by members when National Guard members were helping to carry fuel to the roof to keep the generators alive. Patients, in the hundreds, were evacuated from Bellevue Hospital. Currently, members of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) are assisting in the evacuation of Bellevue Hospital.
NYU Medical Center also had to evacuate patients. This is due to losing the main power and the two backup generators. There are also many hospitals that have lost power due to the storm. In the case of NYU Medical Center, one of the patients that had to get evacuated was Emma who weighed only 2 lbs. This is an example on how hospitals are placed under difficult circumstances after getting hit by a monstrous hurricane like Sandy.
According to one doctor, in a recent AFP article, compared the chaos of Hurricane Sandy to that of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 in regards to what the hospitals have to deal with. The doctor explained that he was there at Bellevue Hospital during the attacks. He explained that Hurricane Sandy was the most complex situation to affect New York in thirty years.
In regards to the 9/11 attacks, the doctor talked about patients with lung problems, very sick, and so forth. That was a medical emergency at the greatest instance. In regards to Hurricane Sandy, the doctor talked about transferring patients out of the hospital in a short amount of time.
As the doctor made the comparisons between Hurricane Sandy and 9/11, this is an example of a potentially long recovery that New York City and other parts of the affected eastern seaboard will be going through.
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