Overcrowded Emergency Department Leads to Lawsuit Over EMTALA - ED Legal Letter - Dec 01, 2008

Target Audience:

This activity is intended for emergency physicians and nurses.

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Faculty

Senior Managing Editor
Joy Dickinson

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
Sue A. Behrens, APRN, BC
Manager, Trauma Services
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
Peoria, IL

Nurse Reviewer
Kay Ball

Author
Mark J. Greenwood, DO, JD, FAAEM, FCLM
Flight Physician, Aero Med Spectrum Health
Grand Rapids, Michigan

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

Stacey Kusterbeck

Mark J. Greenwood, DO, JD, FAAEM, FCLM
Flight Physician, Aero Med Spectrum Health
Grand Rapids, MI

Associate Publisher
Coles McKagen
AHC Media

Subjects:

  • Overcrowded Emergency Department Leads to Lawsuit Over EMTALA
  • Lawsuits may arise from ED 'boarding' practice
  • The Difficult Airway: Part 2. Preparing for Failure
  • Who's responsible for the admitted patient in the ED?
  • Another waiting room death to bring lawsuits?
  • Does documentation show patient was stabilized?

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), Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta; Robert Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP, President, Bitterman Health Law Consulting Group, Inc., Charlotte, NC; Vice President, Emergency Physicians Insurance Co., Inc., Auburn, CA (contributing editor); Sue A. Behrens, APRN, BC (nurse planner), Manager Trauma Services, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL; Kay Ball (nurse reviewer); Stacey Kusterbeck (contributing editor); Mark J. Greenwood, DO, JD, FAAEM, FCLM; Joy Dickinson (Senior Managing Editor); and Coles McKagen (Associate Publisher).

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