Normal view MARC view ISBD view

Five days at Memorial : life and death in a storm-ravaged hospital /

by Fink, Sheri.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2013]Edition: First edition.Description: xviii, 558 pages : map ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780307718969 (hardcover); 0307718964 (hardcover); ; .Content Type: text; Media Type: unmediated; Carrier Type: volumeSubject(s): Memorial Medical Center (New Orleans, La.) | Disaster hospitals -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Case studies | Disaster medicine -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Case studies | Health facilities -- Louisiana -- Administration -- Case studies | Forensic pathology -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Case studies | Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Memorial Medical Center (New Orleans, La.) | Hospitals -- history -- New Orleans | Cyclonic Storms -- history -- New Orleans | Disaster Medicine -- history -- New Orleans | Forensic Pathology -- history -- New Orleans
Contents:
Deadly choices -- Reckoning.
Summary: Here the author, a physician and reporter provides a landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, and a suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice. She reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. She unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, of a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing. In this book, she exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters, and how we can do better.
Tags from this library:
No tags from this library for this title.
Log in to add tags.
    average rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Item type Location Call number Status Date due
Book Book General stacks 362.169 FINK (Browse shelf) Available

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Deadly choices -- Reckoning.

Here the author, a physician and reporter provides a landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, and a suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice. She reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. She unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, of a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing. In this book, she exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters, and how we can do better.

There are no comments for this item.

Log in to your account to post a comment.
Koha powered by ByWater Solutions
Powered by Koha