To understand the pressures doctors and nurses faced, can you imagine exactly what it felt like to be trapped in a sweltering hospital in a city that had descended into chaos? How do you believe you would have fared under the conditions at New Orleans’ Memorial?
What do you think of the behavior and decisions made by the medical staff at Memorial? Where you shocked by the lethal injections of morphine? According to Dr. Ewing Cook, "It was actually to the point where you were considering that you couldn’t just leave them; the humane thing would be to put ’em out.’’ What do you think?
What shocked, or disturbed, you the most? The actions of the staff? The unpreparedness (short-sightedness?) of the hospital? The horrific conditions everyone operated under?
What legal and ethical standards must health care personnel be expected to uphold in a disaster? Should they—or any professional—be held to the same standards that operate during normal conditions? In other words, is there a gray area in ethics when things go disastrously wrong?
In such situations as occurred at Memorial, who should be saved first? Who should make those decisions?
Ultimately, who is most responsible for the tragedy at Memorial Hospital? The hospital owners? The staff? The local, state, or federal government? Explain your rationale.
What lessons were learned from the hospital disaster at Memorial from an organizational perspective and from a professional perspective?
to watch on YouTube: Reporting Alleged Euthanasia: "The Deadly Choices at Memorial"