Powering Through an Emergency
Caring for medically fragile children is a complex process, requiring the coordination of both medical and non-medical entities. In the case of children who require medical equipment such as ventilators at home, it is critical that medical staff and parents know the resources available to keep their children safe.
At the Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital, the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology cares for over 30 children at home who require the use of this type of life sustaining equipment. We carefully educate parents as to how this equipment works and its importance to their child, as well as strategizing with them what to do in case of any emergency. In addition, these families are registered with Con Edison so that appropriate emergency power is supplied (or other support as needed) in the case of any power failure. With this type of advanced planning, only one child was hospitalized during our recent storm and ensuing power outage. It is with great pride that we acknowledge the staff and families who care for these children, and applaud their “success” in weathering our most recent storm.