New Orleans hospitals better prepared for hurricane than three years ago

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 03 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1546
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. 1Florida

    Three critical care patients died while being evacuated from hospitals in New Orleans ahead of hurricane Gustav this week, but general hospitals in the city were better prepared to deal with the oncoming storm than when hurricane Katrina struck almost exactly three years ago.

    Nearly two million people from Texas to Alabama fled the Gulf Coast ahead of hurricane Gustav, heeding the warning of Ray Nagin, New Orleans mayor, that “This is still a big ugly storm . . . I strongly urge everyone to leave.” 

    Hospitals in New Orleans activated their disaster plans in an attempt to avoid repeating what happened three …

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