Why Did NYU Langone's Emergency Generators Fail?
Up for TJC accreditation
It seems that backup generator competence would be a priority for NYU Langone officials, especially since any day, they were expecting their three-year unannounced full survey from the Joint Commission to renew their accreditation.
In particular, such generators shouldn't be in the basement of any hospital at the water's edge, as some of them apparently are at NYU Langone, which is situated next to the East River in Lower Manhattan.
It's not like NYU Langone has no money to spend. Just in the last two months, the hospital has purchased expensive equipment—a Siemens new Somatom Definition Edge single-source CT system and a state-of-the-art PET/MRI Biograph mMr scanner.
I'm just asking: Do those new machines have the ability to save more lives than, say, having a competent electrical system to assure that power stays on in a storm?
It does seem odd, after all the disasters hospitals have endured across the country from sudden "acts of God," for which there may have been far less warning, that lessons haven't been heeded. They've certainly been learned.
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