Freestanding Emergency Critical Care During the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: Implications for Disaster Preparedness and Response

Silas W. Smith, Catherine T. Jamin, Sidrah Malik, Liliya Abrukin, Keegan M. Tupchong, Ian Portelli, Glenn Asaeda, David J. Prezant, Binhuan Wang, Ming Hu, Lewis R. Goldfrank, Chad M. Meyers

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Objective: To assess the impact of an emergency intensive care unit (EICU) established concomitantly with a freestanding emergency department (ED) during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed records of all patients in Bellevue’s EICU from freestanding ED opening (December 10, 2012) until hospital inpatient reopening (February 7, 2013). Temporal and clinical data, and disposition upon EICU arrival, and ultimate disposition were evaluated. Results: Two hundred twenty-seven patients utilized the EICU, representing approximately 1.8% of freestanding ED patients. Ambulance arrival occurred in 31.6% of all EICU patients. Median length of stay was 11.55 hours; this was significantly longer for patients requiring airborne isolation (25.60 versus 11.37 hours, P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Publication statusAccepted/In press - May 13 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • critical care
  • disaster
  • emergency department
  • freestanding
  • Hurricane Sandy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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