By now the news about the 2008 Midwestern flood is no longer the lead story in the news cycle. The president has been to some of the affected areas, and the presidential candidates have stopped by as well. Disasters of this magnitude affect the health care in a community because your coronary plaque or impending stroke isn’t going to wait for the flood water to recede. A good friend of mine David Wensel, DO is a hospice & palliative medicine physician for Hospice of North Iowa in Mason City, IA, and he was kind enough to answer some questions about how the floods affected hospice operations during a disaster.
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