the important and the not-so-important, horribly conflated.

Pulitzer

In healthcare on April 12, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Called it! The Pulitzer committee choose for its Investigative Journalism Prize Sheri Fink’s excellent piece on Doctors’ end-of-life decisions at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans after Katrina. I commented on the piece back in August when it came out, demanding a Pulitzer for Dr. Fink and saying about her article:

amazingly, it doesn’t throw the blame on anyone (i say ‘amazingly,’ because the scene at memorial was truly apocalyptic: overweight patients left behind, families of patients turned away, doctors administering lethal doses of morphine as the electricity, and then patient respiratory machines went out); instead, it represents a clearheaded call for resisting/rejecting the insularity and opaqueness of medical ethics boards and a plea for more thorough emergency action plans.

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