The Disaster Of Hurricane Katrina

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On August 29th, 2005 Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic damage and flooding in Mississippi, Louisiana, New Orleans and areas in between. It destructed the lives and homes of thousands of people, with a total of 1,883 fatalities (Hurricane Katrina Statistics Fast Facts, 2015). Hurricane Katrina left many homeless and hospitals unprepared for the challenges posed to the healthcare system as a whole. Some of these challenges included gaining access to healthcare facilities, providing expedited care to those most in need, and preventing spread of disease that commonly occurs during natural disasters. Many facilities did not evacuate in time and many were left stranded in flooded waters as patients conditions worsened and access to essential medications and treatments became limited.
With Hurricane Katrina, there were major issues that the healthcare infrastructure had to face. One major issue that was created by the hurricane was extensive flooding. The flooding contaminated the region’s drinking water and sanitation system, making it hard for citizens to find adequate drinking water. Flooding also increased the spread of communicable diseases such as HIV (Taylor, 2007). The hurricane completely destroyed buildings including hospitals and other health facilities. This impacted the patients that were already admitted into these hospitals, as well as, those in need of medical attention after the hurricane. It was nearly impossible to treat patients because medical
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