ETHICAL PROBLEMS: Don't phone home

March 2006 
Volume 36  Number 3
Pages 66 - 66
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On a busy shift in the ED, a patient suddenly decided to go home. He'd come to the ED for evaluation of a painful inguinal hernia and was medically stable. He wouldn't say why he wanted to leave and signed the required against medical advice (AMA) form. When I asked him if he'd let me call a relative to pick him up, he refused, saying he'd drive himself home.

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