NOLA and Katrina

August 16, 2015

Trash outside house in Lower 9 Ward three years after Katrina.

Copyright 2008 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

We are edging ever closer to August 29th and there will be a few more thoughts shared about Katrina and the aftermath over the next few days.

Yesterday, I went to Barnes and Noble and purchased a copy of Katrina: After the Flood, which was mentioned in the last post.  While buying the book, one of the store managers and I had a brief discussion about Katrina-related books and he reminded me of one that is also worth a read and that I had not remembered when writing the last post:  Five Days at Memorial:  Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink.  This work focuses on the microcosm that was Memorial Medical Center and the events there immediately prior to, during, and after the storm.  Several years prior to the book being published, Ms. Fink wrote this article, which was published in The New York Times Magazine.   Following the publication of the book, Ms. Fink was interviewed by NPR.

Dr. Anna Pou, one of the Memorial Medical Center personnel that is central to the story of that hospital and Katrina, was interviewed by Morley Safer of CBS’ 60 Minutes.

While the book focuses mainly on the events involving this one hospital, what happened there highlights the larger issues of disaster preparedness and response (or lack thereof) as well as the ethics of patient care in such situations.  Such events, and there were others involving the care and deaths of patients in New Orleans involving other facilities, are another of the reasons Katrina has left such a legacy.

Take care.



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