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Pulitzer Prize-winning Investigation into “Triage” in Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

April 19, 2010



If you think this has nothing to do with the environment, think again. Hurricanes have a lot to do with the environment and evidence points to human factors contributing to an increase in strength of some recent hurricanes. Although we haven’t had another one the size of Katrina, it is only a matter of time. We’ve had an awfully lot of Earthquakes recently, though.

This investigative article from Pro Publica exposes the horrendous pressure and the “life or death” decisions that some medical professionals were faced with during the hours after the hurricane wielded a blood-curdling slash through New Orleans and surrounding areas.  Under dire conditions, the worst  worst-off patients were given injections to hasten their death. It was a decision that must haunt them and the families of the victims.

I would never want to be put in such a situation. But we should all be prepared for the worst. If there is a situation, as in war, we sometimes must choose who to save and who must die. I hope to G-d I am never in that situation.

 Click here for extensive, Pulitzer prize-winning article, “The Deadly Choices at Memorial”  by Sheri Fink for Pro Publica.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2010 11:14 pm

    As promised, I am keeping all my posts to the topic of the Earth. I hope you will stay on topic. I may have to slash those comments that DO NOT relate to hurricane movement, global warming, cap and trade, human-caused disasters, triage, war, health care, Hurricane Katrina, and Reginald Denny slash Rodney King.

  2. Sarah permalink
    May 24, 2010 9:11 pm

    Thank you for posting a link to the article on Memorial Hospital and the deaths there. I think everyone needs to read it and think about the choices that for-profit health care forces on medical providers and patients.

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