TITLE

LWBS patients: Tremendous risk potential for ED staff

AUTHOR(S)
Kusterbeck, Stacey
PUB. DATE
June 2007
SOURCE
ED Legal Letter;Jun2007, Vol. 18 Issue 6, p69
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the legal risk posed by hospital patients who leave without being seen (LWBS) to emergency department (ED) staff. Risk consultant Stephen A. Frew of Johnson Insurance Services explains when LWBS situations become Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) investigations and possibly lawsuits. The ED should have policies and procedures to ensure EMTALA compliance for LWBS patients.
ACCESSION #
25325372

 

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