ED Legal Letter (Vol. 27, No. 3) - March 1, 2016

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Release date: March 2016

Valid through: March 2019

Target Audience

This activity is intended for emergency physicians and nurses.

Subjects

  • Plaintiff Attorney Could Have Tough Time Proving Causation in ED Med/Mal Suit
  • Standards Vary On Causation Evidence
  • High-risk ED Abdominal Cases Involved These Diagnostic Errors
  • Are Missed Abdominal Pain Claims Against EPs Defensible?
  • Patient Doesn’t Appear Seriously Ill? Bad Outcomes Can Occur in ED Waiting Rooms
  • Examining Legal Pitfalls for EPs When Treating Patients with Time-sensitive Diagnoses
  • Many Crowded EDs Have Not Adopted Proven Solutions That Address Problem
  • Plaintiff Attorney Could Argue ED Was Unprepared For Mass Shooting

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 practitioners daily practices

Credit Available

Physicians

  • Maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.5 ACEP Credits

Nurses

  • 1.5 ANCC Nursing Contact Hours
  • Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP14749, for 1.5 Contact Hours

Sponsor

This activity is sponsored by AHC Media.

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Credit Designation

Physicians

AHC Media designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 1.5 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.

Nurses

This activity has been approved for 1.5 nursing contact hours using a 60-minute contact hour.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP14749, for 1.5 Contact Hours.

Nurses licensed in California should retain this credit letter for four years.

Faculty Listing

Editors

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, Milwaukee

Nurse Planner, Kay Ball, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN, Associate Professor, Nursing, Otterbein University, Westerville, 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); Kay Ball, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN (Nurse Planner); Stacey Kusterbeck (Contributing Editor); Shelly Morrow Mark (Executive Editor); Jonathan Springston (Associate Managing Editor).

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