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Review emergency abortion protocols and educate staff as hospitals face EMTALA investigations

Establish an incident response team to handle decisions about high-risk pregnancy cases that may present dilemmas in your hospital’s emergency department (ED) as states continue to pass more restrictive abortion laws. If your facility already has such a team, make sure each member understands the hospital’s emergency maternal care policies as well as obligations under the federal Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA).

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