Hurricane Health Toll: Texas Doctor Uses Lessons from Katrina
September 7, 2017
(Scientific American) – Harvey is the first major storm since the federal government revised emergency preparedness standards for hospitals, in response to Katrina and 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. Now, health care providers that receive Medicare or Medicaid dollars must have disaster preparedness plans, including relocation strategies for at-risk patients and mechanisms to maintain basic power. Berggren shared her distinctive perspective last week, drawing on her knowledge of Texas, her memories from New Orleans and knowledge as one of the country’s leading bioethicists. The following transcript has been edited for length and clarity.