Hospital de San Carlos takes steps to divert lightning

Who has not lost a computer, a telephone or even a television set to the fierce lightning that sometimes accompanies storms here?

Consider the plight of the hospitals with all that sensitive diagnostic equipment.

That is why the Hospital de San Carlos has put up three towers to catch those lightning bolts before the electronic devices do. The area is high on thunderstorms, and the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social said the hospital contains more than $1 million in medical devices. Some are to monitor hearts. Others are in the radiology department. Even others are part of the hospital structure, like ventilators and their controls, said the Caja.

And today everything is controled by computers. The hospital administration also said they were concerned that the equipment continues to function even at the height of a thunderstorm.

The hospital also developed an emergency plan to prevent fires in conjunction with the Cuerpo de Bomberos, said the Caja.

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