Leaky pipe causes ambulance re-route at BWH

Approximately 30 patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) were relocated within the hospital following flooding due to a leaky pipe.

At approximately 6 a.m. on Jan. 7, during frigid temperatures, a pipe on the sixth floor of BWH’s inpatient building caused flooding that spread to other floors below. Emergency ambulance traffic was diverted to other nearby hospitals until 2 pm. Patients were relocated to other areas of the hospital and elective surgeries and some lab procedures were postponed.

According to BWH spokesperson Jessica Maki, the leak was likely caused by the extreme cold weather, but “we can’t confirm that yet,” she said.

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