Thursday, July 20, 2006

NYTimes take on the alleged hospital killings.

Louisiana Doctor Said to Have Faced Chaos - New York Times:
"Mr. Simmons said that evacuating patients from the hospital had been far more difficult than the state’s attorney general, Charles C. Foti Jr., has indicated, and he disputed Mr. Foti’s assertion that the patients would have survived if they had been evacuated. He said the sickest patients could not have been evacuated on the inflatable boats being used. And he said that to take patients to the roof for helicopter rescues, orderlies had to squeeze them through a 3-foot-by-3-foot hole in a hospital wall and push them on gurneys up the ramps of the parking garage before carrying them onto the roof.

Mr. Simmons said some patients also died while being transported under those conditions.

“This case may present a lot of end-of-life issues faced in hospitals on a daily basis, and they are very sensitive issues,” Mr. Simmons added. “We’re dealing with patients who basically were dying, patients who we believe wouldn’t have made it out. So we will be contesting that part.”"

1 comment:

D.Daddio Al-Ozarka said...

Does it make more sense to have someone die while you are trying to save them or because you injected poison into their veins?