LWBS patients: Tremendous risk potential for ED staff

Kusterbeck, Stacey
June 2007
ED Legal Letter;Jun2007, Vol. 18 Issue 6, p69
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.


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