Walking in the Gray Area of Law and Life, the Dilemma of Clinical Discretion in Emergency Medicine
In the emergency room, there is often a tense relationship among patient, family and physician because of the lackof trust between those different parties and the patient critical condition. This article lists three common clinical discretionary situations in emergency medicine: resuscitation, examination, and observation. It further analyzes why these could cause potential legal disputes. Pointing out legal risks to emergency room physicians could enable them to work with better confidence, and offer a safer medical environment to the public.