San Diego medical malpractice lawyers, we were concerned when we saw images of patients being hastily evacuated
from New York City hospitals during the height of Hurricane Sandy. In
its wake, many are questioning whether the facilities should have been
better prepared for a natural disaster.
Here in Southern California, hospitals are also at risk for natural disasters,
including earthquakes, wild fires, and weather events. After seeing what
can happen in New York City, many California health officials are now
reexamining their own disaster plans, according the
Los Angeles Times. The need to secure fuel and water supplies, prepare for crowd control,
and recruit volunteers with ham radio experience to maintain communication
were all highlighted by Hurricane Sandy.
“If hospitals in a city like New York that is generally very well-prepared
for emergencies weren’t up to snuff for Hurricane Sandy, how well
will other hospitals do under similar circumstances?” said Arthur
Kellermann, director of Rand Health, a nonprofit think tank in Santa Monica.
“You want your hospitals to serve as a pillar of strength rather
than a site of disaster in need of rescue.”
Several San Diego area hospitals have already reportedly improved their
disaster planning after the major blackout last year. Scripps Mercy and
Sharp Memorial both experienced problems with maintaining backup power,
according to the
The state government is also reportedly working to fund mobile hospitals
that can be used during disasters. State funding is expected to run out
next year, and officials are looking to secure approximately $1 million
in outside funding to house and maintain the three mobile field hospitals.
If you or someone you love has suffered from a
medical error,contact a San Diego medical malpractice attorney
at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.