Patients Who Leave AMA: Understand Your Risks and Responsibilities

Liametz, Audie
November 2009
ED Legal Letter;Nov2009, Vol. 20 Issue 11, p121
The article discusses the risks and responsibilities of emergency department (ED) physicians or the institutions in cases of patients who intend to be discharged against medical advice (AMA). Several groups, including the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), believe that AMA discharges are high-risk situations that could lead to a malpractice lawsuit. It also discusses the difference between AMA and leaving/left without being seen (LWBS), as well as informed consent and informed refusal.


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