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Mass General Hospital staff calmly adjusts routines during water emergency

Boston Globe, May 3, 2010

As a water emergency enters its third day in the Boston area, few places were as susceptible to potential trouble as hospitals, where sanitation is always an urgent priority. But business at Massachusetts General hospital went on, but in some cases more slowly, as staff and patients struggled to avoid using tap water. Still, surgeries went ahead as scheduled, doctors made their rounds, and ambulances arrived with patients. The fact that the emergency broke out on a weekend, when hospital activity is lower, gave administrators more time to devise a plan to avoid tap water and ice, one that they are prepared to keep in place for as long as the crisis takes, the Boston Globe reports.