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“I want to thank all of the Saint Anne’s Hospital staff and all of the EMS staff across the region who did a tremendous job caring for the additional overflow patients who were diverted to our hospital during this weekend’s Code Black crisis at
A Code Black is a term used by Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel and other medical professionals when a hospital doesn’t have the necessary resources to handle a significant number of patients either due to natural disasters or systems failures, as the case was during the major electrical outage and backup electrical failure at Southcoast Charlton over the weekend.
The Southeastern Massachusetts EMS Council issued a warning regarding the Charlton Code Black over the weekend that put a wide range of conditions, including cardiac catheterizations, motor vehicle accidents, long bone fractures, strokes, severe abdominal pain, GI bleeding, post surgical symptoms, and all maternal/obstetrical patients, on an “absolute diversion” list.
Southcoast has previously sought to preserve a monopoly on cardiac catheterization services in the area and has attempted to sue the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to prevent additional services from being added to aid patients. That suit would seek to prevent Saint Anne’s from operating the very cardiac catheterization lab that became the only source of heart catheterization services available in
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The Code Black at Charlton was reportedly caused by a significant loss of electricity at Charlton and the subsequent failure of Charlton’s back-up electrical system.
Saint Anne’s officials said that while the Charlton Code Black did lead to a volume spike over the weekend, Saint Anne’s patients did not experience significant delays in receiving care and can expect normal service availability and scheduling throughout the coming week.
“This crisis underscored the need for patient choice and a wide availability of hospital services in our area, including some of the cardiac services which we have recently expanded,” said Jesiolowski. “I’m very proud of our Saint Anne’s staff and the