John P. Egan, III, MD
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Egan J.; Super-Storm Sandy and the Human Element. Ann Intern Med. 2013;159: 573. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-8-201310150-00014
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(8): 573.
As a first-year pulmonary and critical care fellow, I anxiously awaited my rotation in the Bellevue Medical Intensive Care Unit. I looked forward to hours spent at the bedside learning the fundamentals of mechanical ventilation, placing central lines, and teaching housestaff what I knew about the physiology of shock. I never expected that I would have a lesson in disaster medicine or be thrust into a resource-limited setting in midtown Manhattan. However, on 29 October 2012, Super Storm Sandy came to New York City, bringing massive flooding and power outages to most of the city.
Our day started out like most days in any medical intensive care unit (ICU). We made rounds, titrated ventilator settings, met with family, and worked up new admissions. However, by late afternoon, my attending and I stood in awe as we watched from a patient's window as the Franklin Delano Roosevelt East River Drive flooded with water. As flooding from the East River became more severe, a large electrical transformer exploded on 14th Street, rendering most of lower Manhattan, including Bellevue Hospital, without power.
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