January 1, 2004
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Emergency department physicians must be vigilant to accurately assess, rapidly stabilize, and appropriately transport a severely injured patient to the level of trauma care the patient requires. Instead of viewing missed injuries as occurrences that result from inexperience or incompetence, strategies to minimize the occurrence of missed injuries and the resulting consequences are needed. All aspects of a trauma system must work together to improve patient care.
"EMTALA: The Essential Guide to Compliance" from Thomson American Health Consultants, publisher of Trauma Reports, explains how the changes to EMTALA will affect emergency departments and off-campus clinics.