chapt 3

  1. abandonment
    unliateral termination of care byt the EMT-B without the patients consent and without making provisions for transfering the care to another medical proffessinal with skills at the same level or higher
  2. advance directive
    written documentation that specifies medical treatment for a competent patient should the patient become unable to make decisions, also called a living will
  3. assault
    unlawfully placing a patient in feat of bodily harm
  4. battery
    touching a patient or providing emergency care without consent
  5. 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.
  6. competent
    able to make retional decisions about personal well-being
  7. consent
    permission to render care
  8. dependent lividity
    blood setting to the lowest point of the body, causing discoloration of the skin
  9. DNR
    written documentation by a physician giving permission to medical personel not to attempt resucitation in the event of cardiac arrest
  10. duty to act
    a medicolegal term relating to certain personnel who either by statute or by function have a respnsibilty to provide care
  11. 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
  12. emergency medical care
    immediate care or treatment
  13. expressed consent
    a type of consent in which a patient gives authorization for provision of care or transport
  14. forcible restraint
    the act of physically preventing an indivual from any physical action
  15. good samaritan laws
    statutory provisions enacted by many states to protect citizen from liabilty for errrors and omissions in giving good faith emergency medical care, unless there is wanton, grossm or wilful wrong
  16. 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
  17. informed consent
    permission for treatment given by a competent patient after the potential risks, benefits, and alternatives to treatment have been explained
  18. medicolegal
    a term relating to medical jurisprudence (law) or forensic medicine
  19. negligence
    failure to provide the same care that a person with similar traing would provide
  20. precendence
    basing current action on lessons, rules or guidelins derived from previous similar experiences
  21. putrefaction
    decompsition of body tissue
  22. rigor mortis
    stiffening of hte body, a definitive sign of death
  23. standard of care
    written accepted levels of emergency care expected by reasons of training and proffesion, written by legal or proffesional organizations so that patients are not exposed to unreaonable risks or harm
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chapt 3
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