Some Charting Methods Put Sued EPs in a Tough Spot - ED Legal Letter - Jan 01, 2012

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This activity is intended for emergency physicians and nurses.


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

Dorothy Brooks

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

Contributing Editor
Robert A. Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP

Managing Editor
Leslie Hamlin

Executive Editor
Shelly Morrow Mark


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  • Will Jurors Believe it Was Really Just a Typo?
  • More Contradictions in EMR Charting
  • Many ED Admissions Are Motivated by Lawsuit Fears
  • "How Could You Have Let This Person Leave Your ED?"
  • What Are EP's Legal Responsibilities With AMA?
  • Study: Temporary ED Staff Twice As Likely To Be Associated With Medication Errors That Cause Harm To Patients


  • 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 practitioners 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, Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta; Kay Ball RN, PhD, CNOR, FAAN, Consultant/ Educator, K&D Medical Inc., Lewis Center, OH (Nurse Planner); Robert A. Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP, President, Bitterman Health Law Consulting Group, Inc., Harbor Springs, MI (Contributing Editor); Stacey Kusterbeck (Contributing Editor); Dorothy Brooks (Writer); Shelly Morrow Mark (Executive Editor); and Leslie Hamlin (Managing Editor).

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