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PrepTalks: Triage, Ethics and Operations - Healthcare Emergency Preparedness and Response

Dr. Sheri Fink’s PrepTalk “Triage, Ethics, And Operations: Healthcare Emergency Preparedness and Response,” details two tragic events that demonstrate the value of situational awareness, the complexities of prioritizing limited resources, and the importance of ensuring systems can effectively support operational decisions. “How we allocate the resources that we have in disasters," Dr. Fink said, "How we choose who gets the resources … is going to affect the outcome."

Dr. Fink is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, "Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital" about a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina and her latest story, "Lost in the Storm", tracks the Dailey family’s attempts to be rescued during Hurricane Harvey in Texas.


Photo of Dr. Sheri FinkSheri Fink is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital about choices made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She is a correspondent at the New York Times, where her and her colleagues’ stories on the West Africa Ebola crisis were recognized with the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, the George Polk Award for health reporting, and the Overseas Press Club Hal Boyle Award.

Her story “The Deadly Choices at Memorial,” co-published by ProPublica and the New York Times Magazine, received a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and a National Magazine Award for reporting. A former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, Fink received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her first book, War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival, is about medical professionals under siege during the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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11/08/2018 - 10:31