The care of VIPs in the emergency department: Triage, treatment and ethics

Joel Martin Geiderman*, Sanjeev Malik, James J. McCarthy, Andy Jagoda

*Corresponding author for this work

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People identified as Very Important Persons (VIPs) often present or are referred to the Emergency Department (ED). Celebrities are a small subset of this group, but many others are included. Triage of these patients, including occasional prioritization, creates practical and ethical challenges. Treatment also provides challenges with the risks of over testing, overtreatment, over consultation, and over or under admission to the hospital. This article presents a practical and ethical framework for addressing the care of VIPs in the ED.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1881-1885
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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