How is Harvey Impacting Healthcare?

Hurricane Harvey has caused extreme flooding in Houston, Texas – the nation’s fourth largest city.

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The flooding in Houston is wreaking havoc on healthcare and patients alike.

Physicians have waded miles to get to their clinics and to hospitals.

Patients in need of regular treatments, such as kidney-dialysis, are having troubles getting treatment as roads are not drive-able and ambulances are often unable to reach patients.

Hospitals and clinics are worried about their patients, along with their physicians and staff.

CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital had to evacuate patients by boat on Monday.

Other hospitals are expected to evacuate patients as well.

Even when patients are discharged and can leave the hospital, it’s problematic because many are unable to get home or have nowhere to go as many homes have flooded.

Hospitals also must deal with the issue of replenishing supplies.

Most outpatient procedures and elective surgeries have been canceled.

2,500 hospital workers at Texas Children’s Hospital have been staying at the hospital, sleeping on cots to be able to provide patient care. Texas Children’s has also had to deal with leaks and burst pipes.

The flooding continues to cause issues, and the damage will take a long time to repair once Hurricane Harvey subsides.

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