Quarterly read: Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

Just finished Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink.

Overview at the bottom.

My top 5 takeaways.

  1. Hospitals need to plan more aggressively and not “believe” that all resources will be available to support in a crisis.
  2. Real exercises need to happen. Tabletops are not enough to test hospital gaps.
  3. Emergency Management needs to be involved early to objectively review and evaluate performance…esp as a third party evaluator.
  4. Reduction in system-wide variables will lead to less confusion. Actions taken outside protocol and/or made on emotion will likely be a bad decision.
  5. All patients/people are important.

Seems like all these items listed above are consistent with other organizations and agencies huh?

What are you reading this quarter?

@rusnivek

 

Overview

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina – and her suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice.

In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and maintain life amid chaos.

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 of those caregivers faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, 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.

In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are for the impact of large-scale disasters—and how we can do better. A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, Five Days at Memorial radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.

One of The New York Times‘ Best Ten Books of the Year

Statement on Ottawa Canada shooting

I am saddened by the terrible shooting at the Ottawa War Memorial and the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, Canada. Officials continue to respond to this horrific event and I believe we should provide any support necessary in the ongoing investigation. My hope is that we swiftly prosecute those who are responsible. Our hearts and prayers go out to Canada who have been impacted by this tragedy, especially the family and friends of those killed or injured.

@rusnivek

Cold Water Challenge aka IceBucketChallenge

So I was called out on the Cold Water Challenge by
1. Amanda Ball, Outreach Coordinator at MedFlight of Ohio
2. Mark Ramach, Retired Brook Park Fire Chief
3. Firefighter/Paramedic Andy Morales, Cleveland ARFF
4. Ken Ledford, Bedford Heights Fire Chief

Since Amanda was the first one to call me out, I have given her the nod to dump an entire cooler full of ice water on me.

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Special thanks to Truck-2 on the assist.

So I’m calling out:
1. Erica Creech, Communications Manager of Cleveland Water
2. John O’Brien, Communications Specialist of Cuyahoga County Sheriffs
3. Gayle Celebreeze, Flight Nurse from University Hospitals MedEvac
4. Andrew Doyle, Firefighter Paramedic with Baltimore City Fire

You have 24-hours.
Starting now.