November 1st, 2017
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With several medical facilities in southeast Texas affected by the historic storm, Franklin, TN-based IASIS Healthcare pooled its resources, shuttled in relief staff from hospitals in other states, and found creative ways to reach hospitals surrounded by flood waters.
While Hurricane Harvey was submerging much of southeast Texas with flood waters, another monster storm was aiming for Florida, and hospitals there were preparing for what forecasters said would be a historic hurricane in terms of size and the potential for damage.
Hospital workers and law enforcement officers often drill together, and they generally work cooperatively to ensure safety and security. Consequently, while disputes are not unheard of, the well-publicized arrest of a Utah nurse who refused to comply with a police detective’s request for a blood sample is a reminder that frontline providers must be well-versed in how to handle such requests.