Hospitals in hurricane katrina: Challenges facing custodial institutions in a disaster

Bradford H. Gray, Kathy Hebert

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Abstract

In the days after Hurricane Katrina struck and New Orleans's infrastructure failed, hospitals and other organizations that have custodial responsibility for human beings (such as nursing homes and jails) faced special difficulties. In some two dozen hospitals, patients had to be evacuated because of the loss of power, water, and sewage service, and many of these hospitals required external assistance, which was slow to arrive. Meanwhile, patients' needs for care continued unabated. Some hospitals evacuated all patients successfully, but by the end of that long week, some had become places of death. This paper explores what happened in New Orleans-area hospitals during and after Hurricane Katrina and why hospitals had such varied experiences. We conclude with lessons based on the Katrina experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-298
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Disaster planning
  • Hospitals
  • Katrina
  • New orleans

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Hospitals in hurricane katrina : Challenges facing custodial institutions in a disaster. / Gray, Bradford H.; Hebert, Kathy.

In: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Vol. 18, No. 2, 01.05.2007, p. 283-298.

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