Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Schedule Change - Disaster Ethics Public Forum

The public forum featuring Anna Pou, MD, scheduled for December 7 at 6 pm, has been changed to 5 pm. A responder panel will focus on Kansas City’s ethical response to a disaster following Dr. Pou’s remarks.

Dr. Pou will speak about the days following Hurricane Katrina when she and two nurses at Memorial Medical Center were arrested and charged with second-degree murder of patients. A grand jury refused to indict any of the three and the case never went to trial.

Local media reports indicated the situation “ignited a furious debate in New Orleans and elsewhere about whether sharp ethical boundaries can be drawn around decisions on patient comfort made in a crisis.’

The Perfect Storm – Disaster Ethics Symposium & Public Forum will begin with the symposium at 8 am at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. The symposium features presentations by medical professionals who were on the scene during the Hyatt Hotel disaster in Kansas City, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and the tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri in May 2011.

Continuing education credits are available for the symposium.


· Overview
Symposium: 8 am to 4 pm
· Public Forum featuring Dr. Anna Pou: 5 pm
· Online Registration



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