Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center operating rooms reopen after power outage shuts down emergency surgeries

Since the outage Saturday night, power has been restored, the temperature and humidity levels have returned to normal, and areas have been sterilized.

Lanette Espy and Tony Caputo

Jul 31, 2023, 10:11 AM

Updated 320 days ago

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Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy is no longer on divert status following a power outage Saturday. Operating rooms are open again Monday after the hospital was forced to turn away patients, including those who needed emergency surgery.
Administrators say they had to use backup generators. Emergency surgeries could not be performed due to temperature and humidity controls. Three women who needed C-sections had to be transferred to nearby Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals.
Since the outage Saturday night, power has been restored, the temperature and humidity levels have returned to normal, and areas have been sterilized. But it did force a variety of changes and emergency procedures.
According to a hospital spokeswoman, power went out at Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center around 6 p.m. after a PSE&G outage. Backup generators kept all essential functions of the hospital running. But patients brought in by ambulance were diverted to nearby hospitals.
PSE&G was able to restore power around 9:40 p.m. News 12 New Jersey was told there have been no clinical issues and everything returned to normal as of Sunday morning.


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