Rationing disaster care

The lede:

The deadly aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and concerns about a pandemic avian influenza have driven disaster preparedness and surge capacity planning, but physicians and others are starting to wrestle with perhaps an even trickier set of issues.

What if, despite efforts to ramp up capacity and provide disaster response at the local, state and federal levels, the number of seriously ill patients exceeds the supply of critical care resources needed to keep them alive? Who should get care?

The whole shebang.