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Andrea Santiago

Dedicated Healthcare Professionals Face Hurricane Conditions

By October 30, 2012

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Northeastern Hospitals Rely on Generators; NYU Hospital Forced to Evacuate After Generator Failure

While some health careers are more dangerous than others, in the context of a catastrophic event, any healthcare career can become a dangerous, even deadly career. Working in the healthcare field, especially at a hospital, in emergency or trauma, is certainly not for the faint of heart.

Even when all other businesses and schools are closed, hospitals must stay open. If you are a hospital worker, you may find yourself in a life-threatening situation on the job.

For example, late Monday night, the night Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, hospital staff, ambulance drivers, and emergency medical personnel are evacuating NYU hospital, according to the local CBS affiliate in New York. The hospital was running on generators after losing power, but the generators failed late Monday night.

According to the report, an army of 50-70 ambulances lined up at the hospital to transport patients to nearby facilities that still had power. Without working elevators, healthcare workers had no choice but to carry patients down the stairs of the facility. The evacuation must be a very stressful and exhausting process for everyone involved.

These medical professionals are away from their families during an unprecedented disaster.  The healthcare workers are sacrificing their own safety and family time, to help other patients and victims affected by the storm.

If you are a medical professional, or future medical professional, you have to be prepared for the absolute worst-case scenario. In a disaster situation, like a hurricane, the local businesses will close so that employees and patrons can stay home in relative safety. However, as a hospital worker, your workplace never closes. Therefore, you have to be prepared to work even the most treacherous circumstances.

Do you have what it takes to step up to the plate like the hospital staff, physicians, nurses, and EMTs in NYC?  Many of them would say they thrive in high-pressure situations and live for these adrenaline-pumping, fast-paced moments. If that's not you, perhaps you may prefer a health career in a medical office or other setting which is more likely to shut down in a storm or other emergency situation.

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