When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the gulf coast on August 29, 2005, it unleashed a series of catastrophic levee breakages that led to widespread, devastating flooding in the major metropolitan area of New Orleans. The health sector was completely disrupted across the continuum of care from primary care services to quaternary care. Most hospitals and other facilities including the academic medical centers were initially closed and operations temporarily relocated or reconfigured.
- Hamm L.
Personal observations and lessons from Katrina.
Am J Med Sci. 2006; 332: 245-250
2.Further, the largest health care workforce efflux in United States history occurred, including the acute loss of thousands of physicians, a third of which were primary care providers.
- Berggren R.
- Curiel T.
After the storm—health care infrastructure in post-Katrina New Orleans.
N Engl J Med. 2006; 354: 1549-1552
- Williamson D.
Study shows Hurricane Katrina affected 20,000 physicians, up to 6,000 may have been displaced. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill2005
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Accepted: May 27, 2008
Received: May 22, 2008
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