Dr. Pou and the Hurricane — Implications for Patient Care during Disasters
Okie, S. (2008). Dr. Pou and the Hurricane — Implications for Patient Care during Disasters. The New England Journal of Medicine. 358(1):1-5.
The author discusses the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a physician and two nurses for allegedly euthanizing four elderly patients at Memorial Hospital in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Issues such as altered standards of care, scarce resource allocation, triage, and indemnification and/or immunity for health professionals are included.