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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 10(3); 1999 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 1999;10(3): 329-334.
The Legal Considerations in Caring ED Patient
Byung Soo Do, Sam Beom Lee
BACKGROUND: The medicolegal problems can be occurred in all medical field, Especially ED can be more exposed to the legal claims due to the very nature of ED business and characteristics of ED patient (or their family member). All emergency physicians, as a ED manager, should be concerned about the law associated with emergency cairo for handling the medicolegal problem. So they can deal with and prevent the legally risky situations that may be occurred in ED practice. Ultimately we can reduce the risk of a malpractice lawsuit and provide good emergency care services. SUGGESTION: The authors would like to suggest several items that we have thought the ED physicians and managers always have to remember to manage the medicolegally risky situations. 1. Every member of ED health care team must be trained in understanding the patients' wants and desires. 2. The emergency physicians and nurses must realize that they are the best risk management tools in the hospital. 3. ED physician should have the knowledge of the law associated with emergency health care. 4. Develop the system that can share the informations about the medicolegal events which were experienced by each ED health care providers of every health care institutes. 5. We should never forget the time honored sentences, 'Good medicine is good law'.
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