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Texas hospitals suffer from water issues amid widespread power outages

Following a lethal storm that swept by way of Texas this week, widespread power outages and water issues have impacted tens of millions of individuals within the state. Hospitals have suffered, with some having to limit water use and transport sufferers to different amenities. 

St. David’s HealthCare mentioned in a press release to CBS News on Thursday that its South Austin Medical Center lost water stress and was limiting water utilization. 

The metropolis of Austin is now beneath a boil water notice on account of a power outage on the The Ullrich Water Treatment Plant, town’s largest water therapy facility, and drops in water pressures “below minimum standards.”

According to St. David’s HealthCare, the South Austin Medical Center’s incident command staff was distributing bottles and jugs of water to sufferers and staff for consuming and hand washing. The hospital was additionally shedding warmth as a result of water feeds the ability’s boiler.

The incident command staff was working with town for an answer and was working to search out “a transportation solution to get patients who are medically able to be discharged home safely.” 

In addition to those measures, the hospital was working to get water vehicles and moveable bathrooms, and was canceling all non-emergency procedures. “Through our national partner, HCA Healthcare, we are able to secure and source food, linens, medication and supplies needed to care for and serve our patients,” the assertion mentioned.

The hospital, which at present has slightly below 300 sufferers, transported probably the most in-need sufferers – about 5% of sufferers – to different hospitals, in response to the assertion. St. David’s added that “because this is a state-wide emergency situation that is also impacting other hospitals within the Austin area, no one hospital currently has the capacity to accept transport of a large number of patients.”

According to The Texas Tribune, Ascension Seton hospitals in Austin have additionally been affected. A spokesperson for the hospital mentioned “extreme weather conditions have caused intermittent water issues at several Ascension Seton facilities.”

And Dell Children’s hospital in Austin requested sufferers to not take showers and to make use of hand sanitizer for cleansing their fingers on account of water stress issues, the radio station KUT reported. In a letter to sufferers obtained by the station, the hospital additionally mentioned bathrooms can’t be flushed, and that linens had been being modified solely as wanted.

CBS News has reached out to those and different Texas hospital techniques in areas impacted by the winter storm. 

Austin is only one city struggling within the storm’s aftermath. As of Thursday morning, a whole lot of 1000’s had been nonetheless with out power throughout the state, in response to poweroutage.us, and officers had ordered 7 million folks to boil faucet water earlier than consuming it, the Associated Press reported.

In town of Arlington, two main hospitals — Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and Medical City of Arlington — had been struggling from water stress issues, CBS DFW reported Wednesday

Blake Kretz, president of Texas Health Arlington Memorial, despatched a press release to CBS DFW saying “consistently cold, and below-freezing temperatures” had been inflicting “significant water-pressure issues throughout the city of Arlington,” and the hospital was offering bottled water to sufferers and employees.

“Safety, security and emergency management teams at Texas Health Arlington Memorial are working diligently to keep vital hospital functions available to those in need,” the assertion mentioned.

“The hospital will work in tandem with the Arlington Fire Department for additional water resources,” it continued. The Arlington Fire Department has despatched a hearth truck to supply water stress at Arlington Memorial, CBS DFW reported.

In a press release to CBS DFW Wednesday, Medical City of Arlington mentioned it has additionally been impacted by town’s water stress issues and had “several days’ supply of bottled water on-hand for our patients and staff.” The hospital was working with town and fireplace division for extra water provides.