ED overcrowding and ambulance diversion cause potential liabilities - ED Legal Letter - Sep 01, 2007

Target Audience:

This activity is intended for emergency physicians and nurses.

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Faculty

Executive Editor
Larry 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 Finerty, MS, RN, CNA, BC
Director
Emergency and Trauma Services
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
Peoria, IL

Contributing Editor
Stacey Kusterbeck

Authors
Jay Weaver, MD, EMT-P
Attorney
Private Practice
Paramedic
Boston Public Health Commission
Boston, MA

Layton C. Severson, ARM, AIC
President
L. C. Severson Company, Inc

Senior Managing Editor
Suzanne Thatcher
AHC Media

Associate Publisher
Lee Landenberger
AHC Media

Subjects:

  • ED overcrowding and ambulance diversion cause potential liabilities
  • Poor triage processes can get you sued, criminally charged
  • Change the "footprint" of wait areas, reduce lawsuits
  • Do EM residents worry about lawsuits too much?
  • Special Report: Use caution when buying medical malpractice coverage

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 Mellick, MD, MS, FAAP, FACEP (executive editor), Theresa Finerty, MS, RN, CNA, BC (nurse planner), Stacey Kusterbeck (contributing editor); Jay Weaver, MD, EMT-P (author); Layton C. Severson, ARM, AIC (author); Suzanne Thatcher (Senior Managing Editor) and Lee Landenberger (Associate Publisher).

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