March 20, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Finish reading Five Days at Memorial for our next meeting. We have a lot to discuss! To help you think a bit beforehand, here are some of the topics/questions we might cover:
• What do you think of the behavior and decisions made by the medical staff at Memorial? Were you shocked by the lethal injections of morphine? According to Dr. Ewing Cook, "It was actually to the point where you were considering that you couldn’t just leave them; the humane thing would be to put ’em out.’’ What do you think?
• What shocked, or disturbed, you the most? The actions of the staff? The unpreparedness (short-sightedness?) of the hospital? The horrific conditions everyone operated under?
• What legal and ethical standards must doctors be expected to uphold in a disaster? Should they—or any professional—be held to the same standards that operate during normal conditions? In other words, is there a gray area in ethics when things go disastrously wrong?
• In such situations as occurred at Memorial, who should be saved first? Who should make those decisions?
• Ultimately, who is most responsible for the tragedy at Memorial Hospital? The hospital owners? The staff? The local, state, or federal government?