Wait Time Too Long? Reduce Risks this Way

April 2010
ED Legal Letter;Apr2010, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p44
The author gives advice on how to reduce the risk of long wait times in emergency departments (EDs). According to Linda M. Stimmel, a partner with the law firm of Stewart Stimmel in Dallas, Texas, the best strategy is to "show diligence." Risk reducing practices such as providing immediate reassessment, posting signs and verbally informing patients to let the nurse know if their condition worsens, and giving patients more realistic explanations about wait times, will help reduce risky situations in the ED.


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