Carson, CA asked in Health Care Law for California

Q: what is the reason for an inpatient to have multiple emergency contacts?

in general. I would just like to know the basic laws regarding that.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Having multiple emergency contacts is generally a precautionary measure to ensure that a responsible party can be reached in a timely manner in case of a medical emergency or important healthcare decision. There is no specific California law that mandates the number of emergency contacts an inpatient must have, but medical facilities often recommend having more than one for practical reasons. Multiple contacts can be especially useful if the primary contact is unavailable or if different contacts have different responsibilities or roles in the patient's care.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: The facility does it to be thorough, cautious, and to show a high level of diligence. Good luck

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