I work for a Spine Surgey practice in Ohio and one of our spine surgeons refuses to carry his after hours pager. As a result 2 MA's and myself (BSN) take turns carrying the pager for 2 weeks at a time. Is this legal? I worry that here may be some serious liability associated with this responsibility and I/we don't feel comfortable with this task. He operates 3 day a week so pages occur almost daily and the bulk of them are from hospitals or the ED. We have tried to research this topic and have come up empty handed. We are also not being compensated for this additional job that is a huge inconvenience.
We are basicaly serving as a middle man to receive the pages- then filter them- and relay the message to him.
Any help/advice would be appreciated!!!