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The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) requires that emergency department personnel provide each patient with an "appropriate" medical screening examination to determine whether an emergency medical condition exists, and to treat and stabilize any emergency condition. This course is designed to help nurses and other healthcare workers understand the implications of EMTALA and their role in complying with this statute.

  • Agenda

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the Course Material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a passing score of 80% or more.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Clarifying Terms Used Within EMTALA
  • Who Can Perform the Medical Screening Exam
  • The Nurse's Role in EMTALA
  • EMTALA Compliance
  • Enforcement and Liability
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and other healthcare providers with an understanding of the Emergency Medical Treatment And Active Labor Act, what their role and duties are in relation to it, and important issues to be aware of.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the EMTALA statute and its main objective/purpose.
  • Define key terms within EMTALA, including 'medical screening exam' and 'emergency medical condition'.
  • Determine whether he/she is qualified to perform a medical screening exam under the EMTALA statute.
  • Explain his/her role as a healthcare provider in maintaining compliance with EMTALA.
  • Describe violations that can result in EMTALA liability.

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