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Running head: MORALS AND ETHICS1Morals and EthicsKarol CozbyCapella UniversityPolicy, Law, Ethics and RegulationsBSN-FP4006April 5, 2018
MORALS AND ETHICS2Morals and EthicsAs most of you are aware, a local hospital has recently come under fire for reportedly unfairly triaging patients. There is currently an investigation into reports that 2 patients presentedto the ED with similar complaints but were triaged and treated differently. Considering this event, we would like to review some ethical, moral and legal expectations to the triage and treatment of patients who present to our emergency department.Care Policies affecting the EREMTALA – Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor ActoRequires that ANYpatient presenting to the ED, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay, mustreceive an appropriate medical screening exam to determine if they have a condition that could pose a serious threat to their health or an unborn child or are in active labor. (Hyman & Studdert, 2015, p. 1692).Adhering to this regulation assures the patient receives triage and treatment that is ethically and morally sound; improving the patient experience and ultimately allows for the highest quality of care to be provided. Evidenced-based decision-making strategies for triageESI - Emergency Severity Indexo5 level system used by our facility to triage patientsESI is a reliable and valuable tool that is used to prioritize patients and identify those whocannot wait to be seen (Gilboy, Tanabe, Travers, & Rosenau, 2014, Chapter 1) and thereby results in improved patient outcomes (Mirhaghi, Kooshair, Esmaeili, & Ebrahimi, 2015, p. 6-7).

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