Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Tulane Hospital Evacuation

Check out this compelling account of the Herculean task facing the staff of Tulane's teaching hospital, as told by its CEO.

At 1:30 am on Tuesday morning began the biggest crisis and challenge of my life and in the life of Tulane and no doubt New Orleans. I was awakened by my COO who told me the water in the boiler room was rising a foot an hour since midnight and if it continued at that rate at best we had only another two to three hours before we would lose all power since we already were on emergency power since early Monday morning. We had only 7 ventilator patients whose lives would be in jeopardy, and we had to move fast to get them out. We had no boat and no helicopter pad.

Houston we have a problem.

Hat tip to Gruntdoc


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