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  •  Not to mention spare capacity (2+ / 0-)
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    Pluto, Amber6541

    - some ER's here in New York are so busy that emergency rooms get backed up, true emergencies can't be treated right away. If they are not imminent death emergencies, they have to wait in the ER lobby until space is available.

    There are no more exam rooms in the ER, and the ER is full of patients that were treated the previous evening, and have been admitted but who can't be moved into a room until patients discharged and those rooms are cleaned.  Patients who are going to be treated and released end up lying around on stretchers in the hallways of the ER.

    A real invitation for hospital acquired infections.

    •  Same thing in Bangladesh. (1+ / 0-)
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      A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

      by Pluto on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 05:47:12 PM PST

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      •  We lost St. Vincent's hospital, in Manhattan - (1+ / 0-)
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        Pluto

        and it would have been very useful during Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath.

        NYU hospital had to evacuate the night of the storm after their back-up generator failed.

        Bellevue managed on back-up power for 2 days before they had to evacuate.

        There were many others who needed medical care, and there was very limited transportation for the first few days.  

        People couldn't just walk 50 - 80 blocks to the next nearest hospital.

        •  That's why I don't get Jindal. (1+ / 0-)
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          Kansas Born

          I was live blogging New Orleans hospitals during Katrina. I learned a lot more about how hospitals serve cities than I learned about disasters. Jindal is apparently brain damaged by ideology. I demand a scan.


          A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

          by Pluto on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 06:19:50 PM PST

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