Safety - September 2019

Bahamas clinic loses staff, power and water — stays open

A massive generator was eventually delivered by the Dutch navy


Some Ga. hospitals replace color-based emergency codes with plain language

The use of plain language emergency alerts is recommended by federal agencies


Healthcare delivered in a damaged hospital, field hospitals and pop-up clinics in the Bahamas

It was estimated that 90% of equipment and supplies – and all the hospital beds – in Rand Memorial Hospital on Grand Bahama Island were damaged


California hospital disaster planning conference dealing with new normal

What were once rare or infrequent events have now become regular occurrences in California


No injuries after tornado hits South Dakota hospital

Dozens of buildings were damaged or destroyed, trees torn up and power lines downed


When Dorian hit, Fla.’s generator requirements were not enforced

Following Hurricane Irma, Florida changed its regulations to require backup generators and enough fuel to maintain comfortable temperatures


Cladding to be removed at Oxford's Churchill and Children's hospitals

The wrong materials were used at the two healthcare facilities


Bahamas healthcare facilities struggle to deal with decomposing bodies after Dorian

Bahamas’ only functioning public hospital expects the death toll would be 'staggering,' and two refrigerated, 40-foot trucks would be needed


Houston hospital declares 'internal disaster' after water main breaks

Declaring a systemwide internal disaster helped manage ambulance and patient volume


When computers crashed, one Milwaukee hospital turned away ambulances

At least four patients, including one who was having a life-threatening heart attack, were turned away


Hospital staffers move babies to safety in 'mini ICU on wheels' ahead of hurricane

Three teams of drivers, respiratory nurses and therapists from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta drove to a pair of hospitals in Savannah


Long-term care residents moved to safer ground ahead of Dorian

More than 380 people were evacuated from North Carolina long-term care centers


Hospitals are being rebuilt for stronger storms

The resilience of hospitals is especially important for areas that only have one major medical center


Dorian forces more than 100 Florida healthcare facilities to evacuate

Facilities moved patients and residents to other facilities and buildings inland


Space Coast hospitals, nursing homes prepped for Dorian

The emergency management coordinator for Brevard County started daily conference calls with local hospital systems last week



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