In the U.S. today with increasing ER patient burden EMTALA violations have increased. This has resulted in increased litigation as well.EDO and EDD are two of the most critical public health issues facing our nation's healthcare system today. To see the paper and the discussion, visit the Interesting Cases section of my website.....
EMTALA Violations, ER Overcrowding, and Litigation
The following excerpt on EMTALA (Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act) is taken from a paper written by Dr. Damon Dietrich and Dr. Michael Crapanzano. The paper is entitled, "Emergency Department Diversion and Overcrowding: A Public Health Crisis." The paper discusses EMTALA in the context of ED diversion (EDD) and ED overcrowding (EDO).