Lawsuits may arise from ED 'boarding' practice

December 2008
ED Legal Letter;Dec2008, Vol. 19 Issue 12, p136
The article focuses on the liability risks of boarding admitted patients in the emergency department (ED). It is inferred that the risk of a poor outcome increases when patients board for long periods. According to the article, most lawsuits related to ED crowding due to boarding will involve delayed diagnoses in time-sensitive problems, such as myocardial infarction. Assistant Professor Jesse M. Pines thinks that juries will be less likely to be sympathetic to hospitals that commonly board admitted patients in the ED.


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