Emergency Situations and Social Health Needs Discussion

Emergency Situations and Social Health Needs Discussion




PART A “Emergency Situations” Please respond to the following:

  • Suppose you work in a hospital that just received twelve patients from a disaster event in your community. Your hospital is able to treat and provide necessary surgical services to those that require surgery. However, five patients are refusing care and requesting to be transferred to another hospital for the same services. Suggest the course of action that the hospital should take to meet the standards of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) related to public health in your community. Provide at least two (2) specific examples to support your rationale.
  • Imagine that an unidentified individual with a gunshot wound has been transported to the emergency room. After taking the victim into surgery, the medical team realizes the individual is a minor. Examine the kind of consent that the team should obtain and determine the resources that they could utilize in order to obtain this consent.


PLEASE RESPOND TO CLASSMATE DISCUSSION WHETHER YOU AGREE OR NOT & A DETAILED WHY: If there were 5 patients that were refusing care and requesting to be transferred to another facility In order to be EMTALA compliant they would first need to be examined and determined to be in stabilized condition. After that determination was made you would need to be sure that copies of their records were transferred with them to the hospital they will be going to.

If an unconscious minor is brought in for surgery for a gunshot wound since this is life-threatening the consent is implied. In the event the parents are present surgery can still be performed since they cannot refuse treatment in a life-threatening situation. Once the patient is stabilized the parents will be consulted for consent of treatment.

Part B – ” Responding to Social Health Needs “ Please respond to the following:

  • Identify at least 2 ways the law has been used to respond to health-harming social needs in health communities. Do you feel the response was effective? What changes would you recommend as a healthcare regulator? Justify your rationale.


PLEASE RESPOND TO CLASSMATE DISCUSSION WHETHER YOU AGREE OR NOT & A DETAILED WHYThe first example would be when a homeless person is needing assistants when it comes to finding shelter. There are Homelessness Assistance Programs. An act was created on their behalf called Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH). This Act was created in 2009. There are a lot of Homeless people that do not know about this act. It saddens my heart to see homeless people of the streets particularly homeless kids. Especially in big cities like the one I live in. A lot of people also pretend that they are homeless but really are not. When people do this, it makes it hard to send help to those who really need and are homeless. I would recommend finding a way to catch those that are fake homeless people so we can get to the ones who really need that help.

Another example would be helping the children with special needs to help them comprehend and learn in school. An act was passed in 2004 called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. I think that this is a great law. It allows the kids with social needs to realize that they are created equally and can get the same education as the other kids can. I feel that this act is very effective I believe that the kids are really appreciating being able to learn for free, maybe the parents like it more because it is free. I wouldn’t really make any changes with this act. They are help the children for free as well as testing them to see where they are and how to help them to improve.