ED Legal Letter (Vol. 26, No. 6) - June 1, 2015

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Release date: June 2015

Valid through: June 2018

Target Audience

This activity is intended for emergency physicians and nurses.


  • How new legislation on standard of care affects ED defendants
  • Abnormal vital signs at discharge are ammunition for med/mal suit
  • Common allegations in suits involving ED care of obese patients
  • Proven tactics to counter testimony of plaintiff’s expert witness
  • Avoid malpractice claims alleging negligent ED wound care


  • 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

Credit Available


  • Maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.5 AAP Credits


  • 1.25 ANCC Credit Hours


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Faculty Listing


Executive EditorDavid Kiefer, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

AHC Media executive editorShelly Morrow Mark

Associate Managing editor: Jonathan Springston

Physician Editor, Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD, FACEP, Director and Professor, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Institute for Health and Society Medical College of Wisconsin,m Milwaukee, WI

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

Contributing Editor, Stacey Kusterbeck

Financial Disclosure

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: Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD, FACEP (Physician Editor); Stacey Kusterbeck

(Contributing Editor); and Jonathan Springston (Associate Managing Editor). Shelly Morrow Mark’s (Executive Editor) spouse works for a company that has created advertising for Uroplasty Kay Ball, RN, PhD, CNOR, FAAN, Consultant/ Educator, K&D Medical Inc., Lewis Center, OH (Nurse Planner) is a speaker for AORN and a stockholder for STERIS, Inc.

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