You call your ENT on call, and he admits he has just had three glasses of wine and will not be available for about 6 hours. You electronically send him the record that Health Hospital B would send with the patient. The ENT physician advises that the ear looks salvageable and could easily be sutured in any ED. The ED physician at Health Hospital B is very nervous about the possibility of an EMTALA violation.
- If you decide to reject the patient, is this a violation of EMTALA? Explain.
- What decision will you make as the administrator? Explain.
- Based on this scenario, what could be implemented to prevent this type of situation from occurring in the future?
- Under what scenario would the Hospital A physician be concerned about an EMTALA situation?