A power outage at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon is now being used to test the hospital's emergency response plan.
A malfunctioning fuse on the second floor knocked out power to parts of the hospital Saturday, including its data network. The facility's incident command was activated as the equipment was fixed and the electronic records were brought back online. Patients were not affected, but the event had an impact across the entire organization, including clinics in Southern New Hampshire.
"Now we will take time to go through and assess exactly what happened, from the cause of the outage, all the way up through the process that we went through of making sure that patients got their care, the systems were restored, the way those systems were restored, the process we went through of bringing things down to make the electrical repairs," said Rick Adams of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
The hospital is required to train for incidents like this one on a regular basis.
At this time, hospital officials do not know what the entire cost of the outage will be.