She declined to talk to me. The importance of reassessing each person is easy to forget once a ranking is assigned. She knew she was a target of the investigation, but her lawyer thought he had assurance that she could surrender voluntarily. Morphine and midazolam were found in her liver, brain and muscle tissue, but neither drug had been prescribed, according to her chart, which contained notes until the night before her death on Sept. Cook later told me he believed several things: 1. On the way, she prayed silently. He told me that Mulderick asked him before he left to talk to Pou.
It follows similar inquiries by the White House and the House of Representatives. She says they told her that there were no doctors available to do it. He is succeeded by his deputy, Michael Brown, who, like Allbaugh, has no previous experience in disaster management. Mendez left to dismiss her employees, she said, because she feared they would be forced downstairs by authorities. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. We were more than qualified for it. Volunteers began carrying the LifeCare patients who relied on ventilators down five flights of stairs in the dark.
LifeCare was known for helping to rehabilitate patients on ventilators until they could breathe on their own. Other deaths struck investigators as suspicious, but because not all bodies were tested for drugs after autopsy, they were not considered. That spring, they began meeting about once a week at a secret location. Details: Master and use copy. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. They prayed for the man to die.
This is what the grant program called for. Photo Carrie Everetts husband, Emmett, died at Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina. Johnson took one of the Memorial nurses into Room 7305. Over the past two and a half years, I have obtained previously unavailable records and interviewed dozens of people who were involved in the events at Memorial and the investigation that followed. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
After several helicopters arrived and rescued some of the LifeCare patients, Air Force One flew over New Orleans while President Bush surveyed the devastation. Helicopters at last converged on the hospital within a couple of hours of daylight, according to a Memorial nurse from the Air Force Reserve who oversaw helipad operations. Distraught nurses cried, and the chaplain held them and prayed with them. Advertisement In the dim light, nurses opened each chart and read the diagnoses; Pou and the nurses assigned a category to each patient. But the drug can also slow breathing, and suddenly introducing much higher doses can lead to death. King was out of touch with reality, Cook told me he thought at the time. Other patients had numbers written on their hospital gowns.
The patients she saw looked bad. It was dark when the last of the Memorial patients who had been chosen for immediate evacuation were finally gone. Therese Mendez, a LifeCare nurse executive, had worked overnight on the first floor, she later told investigators. Several were unconscious, frothing at the mouth and breathing in an irregular way that often heralds death. She declined to speak with me. Tiny and passionate, with coiffed cinnamon hair and a penchant for pearls, Pou was funny and sociable, and she had put her patients at the center of her life. The hurricane knocked out power and running water and sent the temperatures inside above 100 degrees.
Typically, medical workers try to divvy up care to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of people. This is particularly important as health officials are now weighing, with little public discussion and insufficient scientific evidence, protocols for making the kind of agonizing decisions that will, no doubt, arise again. Other Memorial patients were being evacuated with help from volunteers and medical staff, including Bryant King. In the four years since Katrina, Pou has helped write and pass three laws in Louisiana that offer immunity to health care professionals from most civil lawsuits — though not in cases of willful misconduct — for their work in future disasters, from hurricanes to terrorist attacks to pandemic influenza. In all of the cases, he advised, the medical cause of death should remain undetermined. Thiele said the remaining bodies were wrapped in sheets and placed on the floor in the corridor and in a nearby room. Kennedy assassination case and the O.
Through her lawyer, Mulderick denied that she discussed euthanasia of patients with Deichmann or anyone else at Memorial. Hundreds gathered in City Park. In about a half-hour, the batteries failed and the regular hiss of mechanical breaths ceased. Advertisement In an interview with Newsweek in 2007, Pou acknowledged that after discussions with other doctors, she did inject some Category 3 patients. She was being treated for comfort only and had been sedated to the point of unconsciousness with morphine. Identify the most important lessons your own city should learn from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Kamel Boughrara, a LifeCare nursing director, walked past the A.
Tuohey, regional director of the Providence Center for Health Care Ethics in Portland, Ore. Where is the line between appropriate comfort care and mercy killing? But the 246-page document offered no guidance for dealing with a complete power failure or for how to evacuate the hospital if the streets were flooded. Despite a freakish spinal-cord stroke that left him a paraplegic at age 50, his wife and nurses who worked with him say he maintained a good sense of humor and a rich family life, and he rarely complained. Pou looked distraught and told her that the LifeCare patients probably were not going to survive. There, a knee was flung akimbo.
According to Mendez, she returned at around 8 or 9 a. Wecht concluded that all four deaths were homicides, caused by human intervention. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. He told me that Pou told him that the Category 3 patients were not going to be moved. He called his experts again and again for support and advice. The grand jury did not indict Pou on any of them.