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Memorial Medical Center after Katrina, Revisited

Posted Nov 01 2009 10:01pm
(The Helipad of Memorial Medical Center, the last point of departure for critically ill patients during evacuation. Source: NYT)

I'm writing a presentation on Disaster Planning. Since I've last addressed this topic, Dr. Sheri Fink has written an incredible account of the difficult choices faced by the doctors and nurses of Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina stranded the staff and patients without power, supplies, or easy exit.

The article is 18 pages long, but with numerous first-person accounts, it is the most revealing study on the topic I have read.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/magazine/30doctors.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

Dr. Fink has also written "War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival"

http://www.warhospital.net/
Thanks for your interest in my blog feed! Read more at http://www.coppolathebook.blogspot.com. The book "Coppola: A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq" will be published by NTI Upstream, Chicago, IL in November, 2009
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