Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues

  1. Immediate care or Tx.
    Emergency Medical Care
  2. The boundaries of care you are permitted to provide for the pt. as defined by law.
    Scope of Practice
  3. Precise and detailed plans for a regimen of therapy.
  4. Local protocols, usually pertaining to a particular service or area.
    Standing Orders
  5. Accepted levels of medical care expected by reason of training and profession; determined by legal or professional peer organizations so that pt. are not exposed to unnecessary risk or harm.
    Standard of Care
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The process by which a government agency, such as a state medical board, grants permission to an individual who meets established qualifications to engage in the profession or occupation.
  9. A medicolegal term relating to certain personnel who by statute or by function have a responsibility to provide care.
    Duty to Act
  10. Unilateral termination of care by the AEMT Image Upload 2 the pt. consent and Image Upload 4 making provisions for transfering care to another health care professional Image Upload 6 skills at the same level or higher.
  11. Failure to provide the same care that a person Image Upload 8 similar training would provide under similar circumstances.
  12. Name the four factors that must be evident for negligence to apply.
    • Duty to Act
    • Breach of Duty
    • Damages
    • Causation
  13. When a person who has a duty abuses it and causes harm to another individual, the AEMT, the agency, and/or the medical director may be sued for negligence.
    Proximate Causation
  14. A theroy that may be used when the conduct of the person being sued is alleged to have occured in clear violation of a statute.
    Negligence Per Se
  15. A wrongful act that give rise to a civil suit.
  16. Basing current action on lessions, rules, guidelines derived from previous similar experiences.
  17. Unlawfully placing a pt. in fear of bodily harm.
  18. Touching a pt. or providing emergency care Image Upload 10 consent.
  19. The seizing, confining, abducting, or carrying away of a person by force, including transporting a competent adult for medical Tx Image Upload 12 his or her consent.
  20. The confinement of a person Image Upload 14 legal authority or the person's consent.
    False Imprisonment
  21. 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
  22. Conduct that constitutes a willfull or reckless disregard for a duty or standard of care.
    Gross Negligence
  23. Permission from a pt. or guardian to provide care.
  24. A type of consent in which the pt. gives express authorization for provision of care and transport.
    Expressed Consent
  25. Permission for Tx given by a competent pt. Image Upload 16  the potential risks, benefits, and alternatives to Tx have been explained.
    Informed Consent
  26. A type of consent in which a pt. who is unable to give consent is given Tx under the legal assumption that he or she would want Tx.
    Implied Consent
  27. A term relating to medical jurisprudence (law) or forensic medicine.
  28. A person who is under the legal age in a given state but, because of other circumstances, is legally considered an adult.
    Emancipated Minor
  29. The act of physically preventing a person from taking physical action.
    Forcible Restraint
  30. Written documentation giving permission to medical personnel not to attempt resuscitation in the event of cardiac arrest.
    Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR)
  31. Able to make rational decisions about personal well-being.
  32. Written documentation that specifies medical Tx for a competent pt. should he or she become unable to make decisions.
    • Advance Directive or a
    • Living Will
  33. A type of advance directive executed by a competent adult that appoints another individual to make medical Tx decisions on his or her behalf in the event that the person making the appointment loses decesion-making capacity.
    • Durable Power of Attorney or
    • Health Care Proxy
  34. Principles that identify conduct deemed morally desirable.
  35. A code of conduct that can be defined by society, religion, or a person, affecting character, conduct, and conscience.
  36. The manner in which principles of ethics are incorporated into professional conduct.
    Applied Ethics
  37. Making an untrue statement about someone's character or reputation Image Upload 18 legal privilege or consent of the individual.
  38. False statements about a person made in writing or through the mass media.
  39. False verbal statements about a person.
  40. Law enacted in 1996, providing criminal sanctions as well as for civil penalties for releasing a pt. PHI in a way not authorized by the pt.
    Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  41. Any information about health status, provision of health care, or payment for health care that can be linked to an individual.
    Protected Health Information (PHI)
  42. The absence of circulatory and respiratory function.
    Clinical Death
  43. Begins within 4-6 minutes of clinical death as cells start to die.
    Biological Death
  44. Irreversible cessation of all functions of the brain and brainstem.
    Brain Death
  45. Blood pooling at the lowest point of the body, causing discoloration of the skin.
    Dependent lividity
  46. The stiffening of body muscles caused by chemical changes within the muscle tissue
    Rigor Mortis
  47. How long Image Upload 20 death until rigor mortis occurs?
    2 to 12 hours Image Upload 22 death
  48. Decomposition of body tissues.
  49. How long Image Upload 24 death until putrefaction occurs?
    40 to 96 hours Image Upload 26 death
  50. It speaks for itself.
    Res Ipsa Loquitor
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Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues