When Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast, many hospitals also lost power which added to the chaos as patients flooded in. If a disaster were to hit the Tri-States, would area hospitals be ready?
Doug Ruble, Vice President of Facilities at Hannibal Regional Medical Center say they are ready for any type of mass casualty event.
Ruble says they do a lot of planning, training, and exercises throughout the year. In case of a power failure, the hospital has emergency generators and tests them regularly.
"We run the generators 30 minutes a week. We visually inspect them everyday, we remotely monitor the condition of the emergency generators. And we test them for one hour each month under a full load condition," said Ruble.
Ruble also says if the generators fail the hospital does have an evacuation plan. He says they tested this evacuation plan two weeks ago. With 25 volunteers servicing patients they moved patients from their patient tower to an off-site location in just 10 minutes.
"Well we'd try to provide help for the entire community. We have contingency plans established where if there's a chance that we wouldn't be able to handle a surge, we have memorandums of understanding with all regional hospitals where they could send patients," said Ruble.
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