Emergency care lagging in Katrina recovery

Aug 24, 2006

Emergency physicians say medical response systems in areas most affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are still struggling to recover.

More than three quarters of the physicians surveyed say the system is not ready for another hurricane or mass casualty event, a survey by the American College of Emergency Physicians reported.

More than half of the doctors said there has been little to no progress in the repair of the emergency care system in their communities.

Ninety-three percent of emergency physicians said the number of available beds is at least 25 percent below what is needed to care for patients. Nearly all said their emergency departments were experiencing staffing shortages in areas such as nursing.

"It's frustrating for patients and doctors to see so little progress in one year," said Dr. James Moises of Tulane Medical Center and president of the Louisiana chapter of ACEP.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Study IDs risk factors for severe hidradenitis suppurativa

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

New technologies are improving the lives of seniors

Aug 14, 2014

If Betty Lewis falls at the Edgemere senior living community, a pendant she wears around her neck will alert the staff. The device picks up the motion of the fall and notifies staff members at the North Dallas facility so ...

Google Glass: Paramedics' next tool

Aug 01, 2014

While Google Glass' potential as a consumer device remains to be seen, Lauren Rubinson-Morris is excited about its possibilities in her workplace.

Health record app for Google Glass developed by Drchrono

Jun 15, 2014

The future of Google Glass in health care appears to be by now not a question of if but a question of where and when. Philips Healthcare, in its explorations into health care's future, created a video that ...

Disposable timer could be a nurse's best friend

May 06, 2014

(Phys.org) —In medicine, time isn't just money: it can mean the difference between life and death. Clot-busters must be given in the first hour of arrival in a hectic emergency room. Intravenous medications ...

Recommended for you

Endogenous hormones improve breast cancer risk models

26 minutes ago

(HealthDay)—Inclusion of endogenous hormones in prediction models improves prediction of invasive breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women, according to a study published online Aug. 18 in the Journal of ...

With kids in school, parents can work out

46 minutes ago

(HealthDay)—Back-to-school time provides an opportunity for parents to develop an exercise plan that fits into the family schedules, an expert suggests.

Ebola death toll rises to 1,427: WHO

1 hour ago

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak sweeping through west African countries has risen to 1,427 out of more than 2,600 cases, the World Health Organization said Friday.

User comments : 0