Medical-Legal Considerations in the Emergency Department and Urgent Care

Estimated time to complete session: 60 mins.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

1. Identify the common causes of medical malpractice lawsuits.

2. Establish consistent, thorough documentation standards that facilitate good patient management, informed consent, and reduce malpractice risk.

3. Utilize collaborative care plans, shared decision-making, and documented decision-making to reduce malpractice risk.

4. Incorporate strategies to maintain positive relationships and open communication with patients.

5. Discuss strategies to effectively disclose medical mistakes in a manner that can reduce the risk of a malpractice claim.

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AAFP prescribed
Course opens: 
03/25/2014
Course expires: 
04/08/2022

Darrell Townsend, JD – Howell & Fisher, PLLC – Nashville, Tennessee

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AAFP prescribed

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
03/25/2014
Course expires: 
04/08/2022
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