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Hospitals respond to water loss during the Midwest floods of 1993: preparedness and improvisation

Hospitals respond to water loss during the Midwest floods of 1993: preparedness and improvisation

Journal of Emergency Medicine 14(3): 345-350

The Midwest floods of 1993 presented multiple emergency preparedness challenges to the six metropolitan medical centers in Des Moines, Iowa. As floodwaters overcame the Des Moines Water Treatment Plant, medical centers were faced with the task of responding to imminent water loss and its associated impact on patient care services and facility operations. Many clinical services were cancelled or diverted to alternate facilities. Ancillary resources were identified and implemented to maintain essential operations. Through effective emergency preparedness and creative improvisation, medical centers were able to overcome the initial crisis, sustain primary services, and ensure continued quality patient care. The article describes how sudden and prolonged water loss affected Des Moines hospitals. It also discusses aspects of hospital emergency preparedness that contributed to successful response.

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Accession: 046274209

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PMID: 8782032

DOI: 10.1016/0736-4679(96)00031-5

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