ER physician blames patient he restrained, tested without consent, claims immunity in lawsuit

From Becker’s:

The woman, who remains anonymous in the lawsuit, alleges the physician and other ER staff violated her rights by giving her psychoactive and anti-anxiety drugs, taking a blood sample by force and restraining her to insert a catheter into her bladder for a urine sample. The woman had been brought to the ER on an emergency custody order after she attempted suicide.

Scott Syverud, MD, the patient’s attending physician, said the woman was told blood and urine samples were necessary to evaluate her condition, and they could be collected over her objection, according to a response filed in July. Dr. Syverud said the patient became violent and had to be sedated and restrained to collect samples.

Dr. Syverud said the woman “was not determined to lack capacity to consent to treatment during the time that she was a patient,” but he said his actions were required because of the woman’s “intentional and/or negligent acts.”

He said he “is qualifiedly immune from liability from any action brought against him” since he acted in “objectively good faith” and did not violate “clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of [the woman].”

AmeriCorps’ newest Teach for America-style program takes on health workforce shortages

From Fierce Healthcare:

What started as a pilot program for solving medical workforce shortages in underserved areas has grown into AmeriCorps latest service line.

MedServe, originally launched as a pilot partnership through Duke and the University of North Carolina, was created to allow premedical students to work in healthcare clinics in order to offer them more meaningful early-career experience while offering underserved clinics much-needed extra help.

In two years, the program helped fill 45 positions in 25 underserved communities.