Find out: Are your ED staff parking patients with EMS?

June 2007
Healthcare Risk Management;Jun2007, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p65
Experts caution that emergency department (ED) staff may continue "parking" patients with emergency medical services (EMS) crews even if you have told them not to. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has said parking patients may violate the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). • ED staff may think the practice is acceptable as long as the EMS crew does not object. • Risk managers should meet with ED staff to determine what really happens when the ED is overcrowded. • As more hospitals back away from parking patients, any facility that continues to do so is at increased risk.


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