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Impact of water outage at Miami Valley Hospital

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Hospitals in the area took precautions Wednesday night while crews worked to determine how much their water was affected by the water outage.

President of Miami Valley Hospital, Mike Uhl, joined 2 NEWS Thursday to discuss what the hospital is doing to serve their patients as the boil advisories continue.

Uhl says once hospital officials learned of the outage, they put their Emergency Operations Plan into place.

“As you can imagine, if you think about water disruption in a household, at a hospital it can be very different because we have tests, procedures, and other types of instruments that depend on water to be able to operate effectively. Patient safety was paramount,” he says.

One of the first steps they took was to make sure patients had access to bottled drinking water, then they began ensuring that other affected appliances like water fountains and coffee machines were taken care of.

“We never wanted to cause any disruption to patient care. We wanted to continue to provide that safe patient environment,” he said.

Uhl says officials spend countless hours each year making sure staff is prepared to handle situations such as this one.

“Practicing for these types of events allows us to respond quickly and proactively and to follow the right measures so we don’t disrupt patient care. We don’t depend on it [water] just for consumption, we depend on it for many other things to adequately provide operations in our hospitals,” he said.

Uhl goes on to say that thanks to quick reaction from hospital staff and officials, no disruptions to patient care were reported.

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