Journalism in the Public Interest


Articles Tagged With “Ventilators”

The New Katrina Flood: Hospital Liability

Three years before Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, a senior executive at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital assessed its vulnerability to the sort of flooding that had been long feared there. His conclusion is now evidence in a lawsuit against Methodist that could have significant implications for hospitals nationwide.

Louisiana Doctors Drafting Guidelines on Access to Critical Care During a Disaster

Health professionals and ethicists consider which patients won't get lifesaving care during an epidemic or other medical crisis.

Preparing for a Pandemic, State Health Departments Struggle With Rationing Decisions

Health officials across the country are working on guidelines to address a worst-case scenario: too many severely ill people, not enough resources to treat them all.

In Flu Pandemic, Florida’s Hospitals May Exclude Certain Patients

Health officials in Florida are working on guidelines for rationing scarce medical care in an emergency.

Key Panel Presses for Clearer Guidance on Who Gets Scarce Resources in Major Medical Disasters

A report from a committee of doctors, lawyers and public health professionals declares an "urgent and clear need" for consistent standards of care during medical crises.

Flu Nightmare: In Severe Pandemic, Officials Ponder Disconnecting Ventilators From Some Patients

Guidelines are being drafted for handling a flu outbreak that leaves too many people in need of too few ventilators.