A Misdirected Patient Transfer Raises Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act Liability Issues

William M. McDonnell, Maurice K. Lawton, Mark G. Roback

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Abstract

Children often require transfer to pediatric hospital emergency departments (EDs) after evaluation in community hospital EDs. Such transfers are regulated by the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. Unusual circumstances, such as logistical errors in the physical transfer of the patient, may increase Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act-related liability risks for hospitals and ED physicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)529-531
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Emergency Care
Volume32
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

Keywords

  • EMTALA
  • liability
  • patient transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine

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