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Monday, April 9, 2012

PHYSICIAN IN EYE OF KATRINA LEGAL HURRICANE IS TEXMED 2012 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

When Hurricane Katrina roared through New Orleans in 2004, it struck the hospital where Anna Pou, MD, worked and the critically ill patients under her care. Then it struck her professional reputation. Dr. Pou, a professor with the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, is the keynote speaker May 18 at TexMed 2012 in Dallas. During her presentation, “Legal and Ethical Considerations in Crisis Care,” Dr. Pou will relay her experiences during Katrina, when she and her colleagues cared for their patients under horrific and extremely austere conditions. Later charged with murder for the death of patients, Dr. Pou's experience underscores the need for crisis standards of care, as well as legal protections for health care professionals and hospitals. She has since championed precedent-setting legislation that is now Louisiana law. It’s must-see TexMed, sponsored by the Texas Medical Liability Trust.

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