Floyd doctor returns from treating patients in Florida following hurricane

Published: Oct. 26, 2018 at 4:52 PM EDT
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A Floyd doctor has returned to her practice after almost two weeks of treating patients in the Florida Panhandle following Hurricane Michael.

Dr. Susan Osborne works at the Barter Clinic Family Medicine Center in Floyd. She also deploys to disaster zones with the National Disaster Medical System. Osborne said she's deployed about 20 times since 2005.

Osborne worked in tents in the parking lot of Bay Medical Center in Panama City. She says she often treated roofers, police officers and line workers.

"The electrical workers we were seeing had come directly from North Carolina," she said, referring to their work after Hurricane Florence. "And they hadn't refilled their blood pressure medicine. And they hadn't rested a lot and they were just driven."

Osborne said she worked the night shift and often found that many of her patients didn't have shoes.

Medical crews, including Osborne's unit, also offered vaccinations.

Osborne says she also treated many people who'd lost medical items like inhalers and insulin.

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