|aFive days at Memorial |blife and death in a storm-ravagedhospital |cSheri Fink.
|aNew York |bCrown Publishers|cc2013.
|axviii, 558 p. |bmap |c25 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aDeadly choices -- Reckoning.
|aFink 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.