When is patient transfer indicated for the treatment of gastroenteritis?

Updated: Feb 10, 2017
  • Author: Arthur Diskin, MD; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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Transfer of the unstable patient is inappropriate under Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) regulations unless benefits clearly outweigh risks.

Unless the patient requires admission and has a complicated medical condition that would be better managed in another facility, transfer is neither necessary nor recommended.


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