As an icebreaker, I am asking my colleagues to put themselves in the context of various disasters to think about how they might respond. Since all three questions are New Haven-themed, I thought I would pose them here, as well!
1. A SARS-like illnes broke out in NYC two weeks ago. There are 76 fatalities, including five physicians and 7 nurses. Boston just reported its first death, and there are 5 patients in YNHH with the disease. Will you:
A. Volunteer for MICU coverage
B. Come to work as usual
C. Call in for backup
D. Head for the hills
2. The Indian Point (north of NYC) nuclear reactor's cooling system was sabotaged by an environmental terrorist group, resulting in a meltdown that was not properly contained. New Haven is in the predicted fallout area, but the extent is still unknown. Will you:
A. Sign up for surge (ED surge that is) duty
B. Work for the first few days, then leave town
C. Avoid the chaos entirely
3. Hurricane Zelda slams Long Island Sound in a late season perfect storm situation. Manhattan experienced a storm surge of 15 feet, incapacitating the health care system in NYC. New Haven has flooding, but the hospitals still function. FEMA and the military are looking for docs to staff tent hospitals. Would you:
A. Stick around to treat the victims of this disaster
B. Get out of harm's way but stay close enough to help radiation-contaminated victims
C. Take an extended holiday yo the West Coast
... and now, your answers please!