TITLE

Does proving an ED was crowded help or hurt in a lawsuit?

PUB. DATE
March 2009
SOURCE
ED Legal Letter;Mar2009, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p28
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article investigates whether the adoption of the practice of documenting overcrowding help or hurt the emergency department (ED) physician in the event of a malpractice lawsuit. It is noted that documentation of severe overcrowding is viewed as an attempt to shift liability from the ED physician to the hospital and/or medical director for failure to have adequate plans and policies in place to handle surge. Reasons behind the adoption are detailed. The benefits of overcrowding documentation are discussed.
ACCESSION #
36838836

 

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