Webinar – “Exit Strategy: Managing the Risks of Patient Who Leave”

August 24, 2017
10:00am - 11:00am
Risk Management, Quality Improvement, Patient Safety, Direct Care Providers and Managers, and Security


Patients who go home before being seen or before the plan of care is complete are labeled LWBS (left without being seen), LAMA (left against medical advice), or merely AMA (against medical advice).  These patients are most frequently associated with the Emergency Department but admitted patients can also leave AMA.  Care givers may be inundated during a busy shift and may or may not get the opportunity to speak with patients and family before they leave, who are usually angry or hostile.  Join us for a one hour webinar to discuss the importance of documentation in these cases and other considerations to decrease the risks and liabilities to both the patient and the organization.


Learning Objectives

At the end of the webinar, the participant should be able to: 

  1. Identify risks of patients who leave against medical advice (AMA) or leave without being seen (LWBS).
  2. Describe strategies to mitigate the risks of patients leaving AMA/LWBS.
  3. Review lessons learned from AMA/LWBS closed cases

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12205 for 1 contact hour.




Scott Buchholz, Esq.
Dummit, Buchholz & Trapp

Scott D. Buchholz is the managing partner and senior trial lawyer at Dummit, Buchholz & Trapp. He specializes in civil litigation with emphasis in professional liability, commercial and business litigation as well as arbitration and administrative licensing matters. He regularly consults with health care institutions on regulatory and compliance issues.

Mr. Buchholz joined Dummit Buchholz & Trapp in 1989 after having practiced in the central New Jersey law firm of Lomell, Muccifori, Adler, Ravashiere & Amabile commencing in 1985.

Mr. Buchholz is an active member of the southern California Risk Management community, serving as a past President of the San Diego Association of Healthcare Risk Management.

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