Superstorm Sandy's forgotten patient: A lesson in emergency preparedness in severe obesity

Austin J. Ramme, Shaleen Vira, Toni M. McLaurin

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Superstorm Sandy gained national attention in late 2012 after its impact on the Northeastern US. In New York City, thousands of residents lost power, and multiple hospitals were forced to evacuate. Bellevue Hospital Center (BHC), the nation's oldest public hospital, was forced to close for the first time in over 275 years. Two patients remained in BHC three days after the primary evacuation without water service and minimal power. Herein, we describe the challenges associated with evacuating a severely obese patient. Obesity management is challenging and at an institutional level must be addressed in emergency preparedness plans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-254
Number of pages2
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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