Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act
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- Screen the patient to see if he has an emergency medical condition; and
- If so, the hospital must either treat the patient or transfer the patient once he has been stabilized enough to make the move.
- Screen the woman to see if she is in active labor; and
- If so, the hospital must either provide treatment until the child is delivered or transfer the woman if it is safe to do so.
- Emergency condition: a condition that if not treated immediately could result in putting the person's health in serious danger.
- Active labor: refers to a pregnant woman who is having contractions.
- Stable for patients in active labor: the infant and placenta have been delivered.
- Stable for patients with an emergency condition: the patient's condition probably will not get worse during transfer.
- The treating doctor decides that the benefits of transfer outweigh the risks;
- The treating doctor explains his decision in writing;
- Another hospital agrees to accept the patient;
- The patient's medical records are also transferred; and
- The transfer is done with the appropriate medical equipment and personnel.
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Last Modified: 06-24-2014 08:03 AM PDT
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