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Hurricane Irene Spurs Emergency Home Medical Services for Patients
Date:9/2/2011

power in the New York City area. "Those who were without power had additional gas [oxygen] cylinders delivered to them," said Joe Candiano, operations supervisor at Homecare Concepts. "It wasn't always easy as the guys were dodging downed trees and power lines to get to homes. This is not just a nine to five job."  

Mark Richardson at Home MediService in Havre de Grace, Maryland, said his company received at least 58 Hurricane Irene-related calls over the weekend and the company made two dozen trips to visit oxygen users on Sunday alone. "Many of our patients were very impressed that their oxygen company would take the time to call them and make sure they had adequate back-up.  Many were very thankful that we went out in that storm to make sure that they weren't at risk."  

EME Medical Equipment in Ephrata, Pennsylvania put all delivery, clinical, and management staff on alert for the weekend and lined up gas and liquid oxygen supplies. Ted Gress, a registered respiratory therapist and operations manager at the company, said high winds and heavy rains produced power outages over the weekend and the company delivered extra oxygen supplies to 10 patients on Sunday.  

Bill Bayer at Medical Express, Bristol, Pennsylvania, had flood waters at his own doorstep.  Bristol, located outside of Philadelphia along the Delaware River, was hit hard. He spent most the night before making oxygen deliveries and visiting respiratory patients. He added that Medical Express helped out several competitors who were swamped due to the massive loss of power in the area. Bayer had to improvise in some of the battery backups. "I was happy to be of service…. As a Registered Respiratory Therapist, I have always enjoyed the satisfaction from making a difference in respiratory homecare. Plus we kept a bunch of folks out of the hospital or from calling 911."  

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