Originally Posted by carrigallen
I'm not an expert in this, however I'm not sure I can completely concur with this. I have been taught that prescribing medications may be viewed as condoning or supporting the decision to leave, and may make a tort charge less defensible.
I see how someone would think that what you are saying is true, but Thymeless is 100% correct. If a patient signs AMA you must give them any RX's, d/c instructions just the same as if you are d/cing them home. If you don't they can sue you. You must make your best effort to ensure that they are leaving the hospital with what they may need under the circumstances.