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Hospitals Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

North Shore-LIJ discharges some non-acute patients to make room if evacuations are needed.

The North Shore-LIJ Health System is preparing for Hurricane Sandy, activating its emergency command center Friday and discharging non-acute patients in case its hospitals and long-term care centers need to accommodate patients from other facilities.

Health system senior leaders and emergency preparedness staff at North Shore-LIJ’s Center for Emergency Medical Services in Syosset are working to line up staffing and resources at the system's 16 hospitals and other facilities needed to weather the storm.

North Shore-LIJ is not planning to evacuate any hospitals at this point, but that could change. When Hurricane Irene struck Long Island last August,  North Shore-LIJ evacuated nearly 1,000 patients from Staten Island University Hospital and Southside Hospital in Bay Shore to the health system’s other hospitals across the region.

With Hurricane Sandy expected to arrive Monday, North Shore-LIJ is making sure all facilities have back-up power generators, pumps, and other emergency equipment and supplies needed if the power fails.

Employees who are scheduled to staff its patient care facilities from Sunday through Wednesday have been told to be prepared to work beyond their regular work shifts.

As of Friday, North Shore-LIJ  said it is not canceling elective surgeries or other patient appointments scheduled for Monday.

The North Shore-LIJ web site or the health system’s Facebook page will update with more information.

Diane Schaber October 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM
they said "not yet" wait and see
Louise October 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Having gone through some recent family medical emergencies and visiting relatives in local hospitals, I can offer this. Many patients recovering from surgeries or other medical issues frequently spend the day in hospital room without much interaction from the medical staff. These are the types of patients who can be transitioned to nursing homes temporarily where beds are available. This would make beds available in the hospitals for emergency response people and residents who might be injured as a result of the storm. Notice that I said that patients could be moved temporarily (a few days) to make room. Doctors and nurses staffed at nursing homes can take over the care for these patients until they can return to the hospital.
Marleny October 27, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I definitely agree with Louise because maybe some of these patients aren't fully recovered for a complete discharge.
E October 27, 2012 at 03:27 PM
That's a nice theory but totally unjustifiable to the insurance companies therefore unpaid and impossible to get nursing homes to agree to. Not only that often these are inappropriate care levels for such patients.
Chris F October 27, 2012 at 07:22 PM
With North Shore recently going to a self distribution model for supplies and a linen provider off of LI lets see how well they are actually prepared for an emergency. Could be interesting
Diane Schaber October 27, 2012 at 10:33 PM
they DID cancel elective procedures for Monday, and all will be well. Huntington is ready :)
juli boshart October 27, 2012 at 11:06 PM
good luck -- perhaps it will turn last minute here in Jacksonville Fl all we had was some wind some brief showers didn't even affect the Ga. Fl. game let me know how ya'll make out
Ann Elphick October 28, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Port Washington, Norwood Rd> I'm very concerned about my friend Paul Garner and his family as he has to evacuate again this year. Never an easy process...moving everything movable from the basement to upper floors. I guess the tv would be a priority, but I do remember there was considerable damage in the basement, but with a stroke of luck the winds made a change at the last minute, which meant a lot less damage was done by water. Water is the most destructive element in a house or a building. AE
Ann Elphick October 28, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Ah, yes the good old insurance company's never miss an opportunity to let you down. AE

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