Several Utah nurses are in Florida this week helping with the emergency response to Hurricane Irma.
Six nurses from Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem are among the hundreds of volunteers who’ve traveled to Florida to help local medical centers in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Mike Graul is a spokesman for the hospital.
“We had a total of 44 nurses volunteer and only six were sent so far,” he says. “And depending on how it goes today there may be more that are sent.”
Graul says their personnel were sent to hospitals within their network in northern and western Florida, out of the direct path of the storm.
They’ll be assisting local emergency rooms with what’s expected to be a surge of injuries during and after the hurricane.
“And then they’re also there to help with the influx of patients that have been transferred out of hospitals in areas that were more directly in the path of the hurricane,” he says.
Graul says their staff could be their for up two weeks depending on the scale of the damage.