Biggest Legal Risk Is Delayed Treatment, Not Parental Consent - ED Legal Letter - Apr 01, 2012

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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

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


  • Biggest Legal Risk Is Delayed Treatment, Not Parental Consent
  • If Parent Refuses Treatment, Act in Child's Best Interest
  • Unrealistic ED Policies? Lawsuits Will Follow
  • Don't Invite Lawsuits With Too-specific ED Policies
  • Policy Not Followed? Explain Reason Why
  • Bad Outcome in Waiting Room? Defense Is Difficult
  • Reassess Boarders, or Risk Bad Outcomes and Lawsuits
  • Battle of the Experts: Be Truthful and Direct


  • 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; (Writer); Kay Ball RN, PhD, CNOR, FAAN, Consultant/ Educator, K&D Medical Inc., Lewis Center, OH (Nurse Planner); Stacey Kusterbeck (Contributing Editor); Shelly Morrow Mark (Executive Editor); and Leslie Hamlin (Managing Editor).

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