NFPA Journal discusses the failure of emergency preparedness at hospital during Hurricane Katrina

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Jan 14, 2014

Five_days_at_memorial_photos2In August 2005, 45 patients died at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during and immediately after Hurricane Katrina, 23 with elevated levels drugs in their systems. Authorities determined that 20 of the 23 had died at the hands of their caregivers as the hope of rescue became increasingly remote.

In her book Five Days, Sheri Fink revisits the tragedy and talks about the effectiveness of the tools we use—codes and standards, emergency procedures, testing and training, and more—to prepare for and manage response to such disasters. To learn why her prognosis for effective response to future disasters is not good, read Scott Sutherland’s article “Life and Death at Memorial” in the January/February issue of NFPA Journal.