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emergency medical care
Immediate care or treatment.
competent
Able to make rational decisions about personal well-being.
Good Samaritan Laws
Statutory provisions enacted by many states to protect citizens from liability for errors and omissions in giving good faith emergency medical care, unless there is wanton, gross, or willful negligence.
informed consent
Permission for treatment given by a competent patient after the potential risks, benefits, and alternatives to treatment have been explained.
expressed consent
A type of consent in which a patient gives express authorization for provision of care or transport.
medicolegal
A term relating to medical jurisprudence or forensic medicine.
advanced directive
Written documentation that specifies medical treatment for a competent patient should the patient become unable to make decisions.
standard of care
Written, accepted levels of emergency care expected by reason of training and profession; written by legal or professional organizations.
consent
Permission to render care.
battery
Touching a patient or providing emergency care without consent.
certification
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.
abandonment
Unilateral termination of care by the EMT-B without the patient's consent and without making provisions for transferring care to another medical professional with skills at the same level or higher.
negligence
Failure to provide the same care that a person with similar training would provide.
implied consent
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.
assault
Unlawfully placing a patient in fear of bodily harm.
emergency
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.
DNR (DO NOT RESUSICITATE) Orders
Written documentation giving permission to medical personnel not to attempt resuscitation in the event of cardiac arrest.
forcible restraint
The act of physically preventing an individual from treating any physical action.
duty to act
A medicolegal term relating to certain personnel who either by statute or by function have a responsibility to provide care.