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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (ALA… (utgåvan 2013)

av Sheri Fink (Författare)

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Fink provides a landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina-- and a suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Fink unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.… (mer)
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Titel:Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (ALA Notable Books for Adults)
Författare:Sheri Fink (Författare)
Info:Crown (2013), Edition: 1, 576 pages
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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital av Sheri Fink

  1. 30
    Zeitoun av Dave Eggers (TooBusyReading)
    TooBusyReading: Both books are fascinating and heartbreaking looks at how much went wrong as Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.
  2. 10
    I Remember Nothing More av Adina Blady Szwajger (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: Desperate circumstances force physicians to make decisions that no one should have to make.
  3. 10
    The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast av Douglas Brinkley (IsolaBlue)
  4. 00
    Theatre of Fish: Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador av John Gimlette (Sandwich76)
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    A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge av Josh Neufeld (pbirch01)
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    In the Wake of Terror: Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis av Jonathan D. Moreno (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Moreno's book is pure ethics; Fink's book is a dramatic story about people trying to deal with a disaster and ethics at the same time.
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This is a well-written and well-referenced account of Hurricane Katrina's impact on New Orleans hospitals (especially Memorial) and the resulting concerns about patient mismanagement--specifically, claims of selective euthanasia. The narrative works to unravel the complex mix of medical ethics under pressure, potential corporate irresponsibility, sensationalized media, and the aftermath of legal wrangling.

Don't skip the epilogue, which takes a look at subsequent emergency management (Hurricane Sandy) and the tentative--although perhaps stalled?--planning for future medical crises. Among the good points raised are: the dangers of tunnel vision happening during a crisis, the possibility that dependence on high-tech medical devices could short-circuit creative thinking, and the benefits of more widespread "deliberative polling" to develop crisis management plans with citizen input.

A very thought-provoking book. ( )
  Karzke | Apr 10, 2021 |
Impeccably researched, hard story that needed telling. Very well written. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
Very well done and in-depth reporting. This is a tough story to listen to and I can't say it's the most enjoyable read, but important nonetheless. I'm glad I finally got to this one. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
A worm’s eye view of a hospital coping through hurricane Katrina. A monumental marathon volume, exhaustive and exhausting.
I had to modify my reading style to get through its 850 pages, I made reading a priority, which it should be, and kept at it, skimming a lot of the time (not usually my style).
The middle section seemed repetitive. All the political and legal manoeuvring at the end, gave the story comic flavour, a bizarre fiasco.
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  GeoffSC | Jul 25, 2020 |
The author is to be congratulated for the impressive depth of her reportage; she clearly has a strong point of view as to what happened at Memorial and why, but doesn't let her opinion get in the way of the reporting - she lets the participants tell the story, and tell it from their perspective and lets the readers draw their own conclusions.

And the most charitable interpretation would seem to be that people of good intention, working in difficult conditions, with sleep deprivation, little communication with the outside world and worry about their own families, make bad decisions that seemed justifiable at the time, but looked at with the clarity of distance and hindsight clearly were not. Was this criminal? Is it even punishable ? Is it not the lack of planning for a predictable disaster actually the problem? Wasn't it in fact all caused by criminal negligence? But who's?

This book raises all of these difficult issues whilst taking you step by step through a series of terrible decisions - at each point you want to shake the participants and yell "no no, make the other choice".

Compelling. Terrifying. Sobering ( )
  Opinionated | May 14, 2020 |
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What developed over the five days, in a hospital ironically well supplied with bottled water and food, and resupplied by air with drugs, was a system of triage that varied depending on which company had responsibility for the patients.

Against this background, it would later be alleged, key Tenet personnel discussed, and then carried out, euthanasia on the terminally ill patients even as relief was imminent.

Fink is in no doubt that some kind of crime took place even if she is fair and deeply sympathetic to the plight of the exhausted medical staff involved. "Moral clarity," she writes, describing the moment the patients were injected with a powerful cocktail of drugs, "was easier to maintain in concept than in execution."

If the beginning of the book is sometimes awkwardly structured, Fink finds her stride a few chapters in and make this a tight, provocative and gripping read.
 
Five Days at Memorial is thorough reporting about what happened at New Orleans’ Memorial Medical Center during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Sheri Fink, who is both a journalist and a Ph.D. neuroscientist, won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for the 2009 New York Times/Pro Publica article “Deadly Choices at Memorial,” which became the basis for this book. ... Fink’s journalism chops show, particularly in her attention to detail and her unwillingness to paint anyone as a villain. Some readers may feel that she’s not tough enough on Dr. Pou, but what Fink has really accomplished here is putting the reader on the spot, with one crisis after another and no real hope of rescue.
tillagd av KelMunger | ändraLit/Rant, Kel Munger (Oct 19, 2013)
 
In her book “Five Days at Memorial,” Dr. Sheri Fink explores the excruciating struggle of medical professionals deciding to give fatal injections to those at the brink of death. Dr. Fink, a physician turned journalist, won a Pulitzer Prize for her investigation of these events in a 2009 joint assignment for ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine. This book is much more than an extension of that report. Although she had the material for a gripping disaster story, Dr. Fink has slowed the narrative pulse to investigate situational ethics: what happens when caregivers steeped in medicine’s supreme value, preserving life, face traumatic choices as the standards of civilization collapse.
 

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(Prologue) At last through the broken windows, the pulse of helicopter rotors and airboat propellers set the summer morning air throbbing with the promise of rescue.
For certain New Orleanians, Memorial Medical Center was the place you went to ride out each hurricane that the loop current of the Gulf of Mexico launched like a pinball at the city.
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Fink provides a landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina-- and a suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Fink unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.

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