Interactions with admitting or on-call physicians: Documenting discussions and utilizing physician extenders - ED Legal Letter - Apr 01, 2007

Target Audience:

This activity is intended for emergency physicians and nurses.

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Faculty

Executive Editor
Larry B. Mellick, MD, MS, FAAP, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Residency Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta

Nurse Planner
Theresa Rodier Finerty, MS, RN, CNA, BC
Director
Emergency and Trauma Services
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
Peoria, IL

Contributing Editors
Staci Kusterbeck

Robert Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP
President
Bitterman Health Law Consulting Group, Inc.
Charlotte, NC;
Vice President
Emergency Physicians Insurance Co., Inc.
Auburn, CA

Author
Jorge A. Martinez, MD, JD,
Director
Clinical Emergency Medicine Services
Charity Hospital
Professor
Clinical Medicine
Louisiana State University
School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA

Editor
Allison Weaver

Associate Publisher
Lee Landenberger
AHC Media

Subjects:

  • Interactions with admitting or on-call physicians: Documenting discussions and utilizing physician extenders
  • Family's presence in ED may lower liability risk
  • ED observation units mean fewer missed diagnoses
  • Special Report: Reduce risks in patients with shortness of breath

Objectives:

  • Identify legal issues relating to emergency medicine practice
  • Explain how these issues affect nurses, physicians, legal counsel, management, and patients
  • Integrate practical solutions to reduce risk into the ED practitioner's daily practices

Financial Disclosure:

The following individuals disclose that they have no consultant, stockholder, speaker's bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study: Larry B. Mellick, MD, MS, FAAP, FACEP, (executive editor); Theresa Rodier Finerty, MS, RN, CNA, BC, (nurse planner); Staci Kusterbeck (contributing editor); Jorge A. Martinez, MD, JD, (author); Allison Weaver (Editor) and Lee Landenberger (Associate Publisher). Robert Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP, (contributing editor) discloses that he is President, Bitterman Health Law Consulting Group, Inc., Charlotte, NC; and he serves on the Board of Governors and committees of the Emergency Physicians Insurance Co., Inc., Auburn, CA.

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