Mississippi hospital, nursing homes use emergency plans to respond to water alert

November 1, 2017

Mississippi healthcare providers had to add extra layers of protection Tto adjust to the recent disruption in Tupelo’s water supply, according to an article on the Djournal website.

“When we got the (boil water) notice, we just rolled into our emergency operation plans,” said Todd Davis, North Mississippi Health Services vice president for facility management and construction.

NMMC-Tupelo has bottled water in stock, and they purchased ice to use when necessary, such as ice packs in post-surgical areas, Davis said.

In addition to taking care of patients and staff, the hospital emergency department is also working with state health officials to watch for any signs of a disease outbreak that could be connected to contaminated water, said NMHS infection control director Julie McCord.

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