Able to make rational decisions about personal well-being.
Principles that identify conduct deemed morally desirable.
Failure to provide the same care that a person with similar training would provide under similar circumstances.
A medicolegal term relating to certain personnel who by statute or by function have a responsibility to provide care.
duty to act
A process in which a person, an institution, or a program is evaluated and recognized as meeting certain predetermined standards to provide safe and ethical care.
Precise and detailed plans for a regimen of therapy (for example, advanced cardiac life support [or ACLS] algorithms).
Local protocols, usually pertaining to a particular service or area.
Unlawfully placing a patient in fear of bodily harm.
Area of law dealing with private complaints brought by a plaintiff against a defendant for a wrongful act or wrongdoing.
civil (tort) law
The process by which a governmental agency, such as a state medical board, grants permission to an individual who meets established qualifications to engage in the profession or occupation.
Making an untrue statement about someones character or reputation without legal privilege or consent of the individual.
Immediate care or treatment.
emergency medical care
Written documentation giving permission to medical personnel not to attempt resuscitation in the event of cardiac arrest.
DNR (do not resuscitate) order
A serious situation, such as injury or illness that threatens the life or welfare of a person or group of people and requires immediate intervention.
Accepted levels of medical care expected by reason of training and profession; determined by legal or professional peer organizations so that patients are not exposed to unnecessary risk or harm.
standard of care
Statutory provisions enacted by many states to protect citizens from liability for errors and omissions when giving good faith emergency medical care, unless there is wanton, gross, or willful negligence or acceptance of remuneration.
Good Samaritan laws
Permission for treatment given by a competent patient after the potential risks, benefits, and alternatives to treatment have been explained.
False verbal statements about a person.
Touching a patient or providing emergency care without consent.
A term relating to medical jurisprudence (law) or forensic medicine.
A type of consent in which a patient who is unable to give consent is given treatment under the legal assumption that he or she would want treatment.
A type of consent in which a patient gives authorization for provision of care or transport.
The act of physically preventing a person from taking physical action.
False statements about a person made in writing or through the mass media.
Unilateral termination of care by the EMT-I without the patients consent and without making provisions for transferring care to another health care professional with skills at the same level or higher.
Written documentation that specifies medical treatment for a competent patient should he or she become unable to make decisions; also called a living will.
Permission from a patient or guardian to provide care.
Area of law in which the federal, state, or local government prosecutes individuals on behalf of society for violating laws designed to safeguard the public.