Hospitals still in operation, long hours for staff

Posted at 11:58 AM, Nov 20, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-15 11:58:55-05

Hospitals in Erie County are up and running, though some staff have been working since Monday.

The National Guard and sheriff’s office has been transporting medical staff as well as over 100 dialysis patients to area hospitals. At South Buffalo Mercy, some nurses and doctors have worked more than 60 hours since becoming stranded there on Monday.

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Kaleida Health says emergency room volume is high with many people being treated for respiatorory and cardiac ailments, but there has been no spike in hypothermia or snow blower injuries.

Health Commissioner Gale Burstein says some patients can’t be discharged due to driving bans. She reminds everyone with a heart condition or high blood pressure to stay indoors and asks parents to remember to bundle up their children should they be allowed to go outside and play.

If you are low on prescription drugs or in a medical emergency, call 911. And don’t forget to check on your elderly neighbors.