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Abandonment
Terminating medical care without legal excuse or turning over to personnel not qualified to take over care.
Assault
Creating apprehension, or unauthorized handling and treatment of patient
Battery
Physical contact with a person without consent or legal justification.
Expressed Consent
Verbal or Written consent to treat.
False Imprisonment
Intentional and unjustifiable detention of a person.
Implied Consent
The presumption that an unconscious or incompetent person would consent to lifesaving care.
Informed Consent
Consent obtained from a patient after explaining all facts necessary for the patient to make a reasonable decision.
Involuntary Consent
Treatment that is granted by authority of the Law.
Negligence
Failure to use such care as a reasonably prudent emergency medical service provider would use in a similar circumstance.
Scope of Practice
Refers to the range of duties and skills that a paramedic is allowed and expected to perform when needed.
Mandatory reportable cases under law in most states.
1. Child Abuse
2. Elder Abuse
3. Gunshot wounds
4. Animal Bites
5. Stab wounds
6. Sexual Assault
7. Spouse Abuse
8. Some Communicable Diseases
"The Ryan White Act of 1990"
Requires that EMS personnel be advised if they have been exposed to infectious diseases..
Components of Negligence
1. Duty to Act
2. Breach of Duty
3. Damage to Patient
4. Proximate Cause
Malfeasance
Performing a wrongful or unlawful act.
Misfeasance
Performing a legal act in a manner that is harmful or injurious.
Nonfeasance
Failure to perform a required act or duty.
Defamation
Saying something untrue about someone's character or reputation. Statement is said without legal privilege or consent of person.
Slander
Refers to false VERBAL statements about a person. These statements are made WITH malicious intent or reckless disregard for falsity of the statements.
Libel
Refers to false statements about a person. These may be made in writing or the mass media. Statements are made WITH malicious intent or reckless disregard for falsity of the statement.