Policies and Guidelines Bury Hospitals and Physicians - ED Legal Letter - Oct 01, 2010

Target Audience:

This activity is intended for emergency physicians and nurses.


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Managing Editor
Leslie Coplin

Executive Editor
Coles McKagen

Editor in Chief
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

Contributing Editor
William Sullivan, DO, JD, FACEP, FCLM

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

Nurse Reviewer
Kay Ball RN, PhD, CNOR, FAAN
Consultant/ Educator, K&D Medical Inc.
Lewis Center, OH

Associate Publisher
Coles McKagen
AHC Media

Daniel M. Kincheloe, Esq.
Timothy A. Litzenburg, Esq
Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C.
Richmond, VA.


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  • 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 (Editor-in-Chief), Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta; Robert A. Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP, President, Bitterman Health Law Consulting Group, Inc., Harbor Springs, MI (Contributing Editor); Kay Ball RN, PhD, CNOR, FAAN, Consultant/ Educator, K&D Medical Inc., Lewis Center, OH (Nurse Planner); William Sullivan, DO, JD, FACEP, FCLM (Contributing Editor), Stacey Kusterbeck (Contributing Editor); Leslie Coplin (Managing Editor); and Coles McKagen (Executive Editor).

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