Diane J. Angelini, CNM, EdD, FACNM, FAAN, is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology, Brown University and Director of Nurse Midwifery at Women & Infants' Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. She is Senior Editor of the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing.
Liability in Triage: Management of EMTALA Regulations and Common Obstetric Risks
Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2010
2005 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 50, Issue 6, pages 472–478, November-December 2005
How to Cite
Angelini, D. J. and Mahlmeister, L. R. (2005), Liability in Triage: Management of EMTALA Regulations and Common Obstetric Risks. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 50: 472–478. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2005.07.006
- Issue online: 24 DEC 2010
- Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2010
- obstetric triage;
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) affects all clinicians who provide triage care for pregnant women. EMTALA has specific regulations for hospitals relative to women in active labor. Violations can carry stiff penalties. It is critical for clinicians performing obstetric triage to understand the duties and obligations of this law. This article discusses EMTALA and reviews common liability risks in obstetric triage as well as strategies to modify those risks.