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The Ophthalmologist’s Role in Emergency Care: On-Call and Follow-up Duties Under EMTALA

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The Ophthalmologist’s Role in Emergency Care: On-Call and Follow-up Duties Under EMTALA

Version 10/31/17

Anne M. Menke, R.N., Ph.D.

OMIC Patient Safety Manager

“The Ophthalmologist’s Role in Emergency Care” focuses on on-call and follow-up duties. It is designed as a companion piece for “EMTALA: An Overview for Ophthalmologists,” which provides information on the basic obligations hospitals and physicians have under EMTALA (available online in the “Risk Management Recommendations” section at www.omic.com). The EMTALA regulations contain many defined terms. Ophthalmologists should be careful to distinguish between their usual understanding of these terms (e.g., emergency medical condition) and the legal definition given in the EMTALA regulations. Words with special legal meaning are placed in italics and explained as necessary. For ease of use, this discussion is organized in a question and answer format and contains legal information from attorneys with special expertise in this arena. At times, the legal situation is not clear.  In those instances, ophthalmologists should exercise their medical judgment and prioritize patient safety.

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