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The burden on emergency department physicians is greater than ever before, and the myriad of hidden legal dangers generates a constant threat of malpractice litigation. Anyone involved in litigation loses, whether its money, pride, reputation, time, sleep, energy or their emotional well-being - even if they are ultimately vindicated by a jury of their peers. The best way to avoid litigation is to learn from the experience of others. Written by physicians for physicians, Legal Essentials for Emergency Physicians focuses on the legal challenges faced by emergency physicians and hospital EDs, and covers liability areas such as: Medical malpractice and risk management Psychiatric issues EMTALA Medication risks Robert A. Bitterman, MD is an emergency physician /healthcare attorney with more than 30 years of practice experience in emergency medicine. He is a healthcare law consultant specializing in the federal (EMTALA) and state laws governing hospital based emergency services, emergency medicine risk management, liability/insurance issues, and regulatory compliance issues. Dr. Bitterman is also a board member for the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation. Dr. Bitterman sits on a the editorial boards of a number of EM publications; advises healthcare organizations and law firms throughout the country on EMTALA, ED legal or risk management issues; speaks frequently at national conferences; and publishes extensively on EMTALA, state laws, and risk management issues concerning emergency medicine. He has written the widely used hospital ED text on EMTALA, Providing Emergency Care under Federal Law: EMTALA.
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