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Overview

Introducing a valuable resource that explains the legal risks of delivering emergency medical care and the legal issues as they relate to specific situations. Coverage includes advanced directives, do not resuscitate orders, medical record confidentiality, malpractice, infectious disease information disclosure, risk management, and sexual discrimination and harassment. Contains information relevant to everyday practice in a convenient, easy-to-use size!

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Sherri-Lynne Almeida, MSN, RN, DrPH (City of Houston)
Description: This book explains in plain, everyday language current legal issues that affect the practice of prehospital care.
Purpose: The purpose is to ease confusion and frustration about legal issues by simplifying the relationship between EMS and the law. It is intended to make the reader more comfortable with many of the legal principles involved in the operation of an EMS service.
Audience: EMS providers involved in day-to-day patient care and EMS administrators will find that acquiring a good working knowledge of the basic principles and concepts contained in this book will assist them in dealing with the many facets of EMS and the law. Patient care providers will find discussions on malpractice, consent and refusal, dealing with the emotionally disturbed patient, and advance directives. Content areas that might be useful to administrators are: defending a malpractice suit; employment issues; developing a health and safety program; patient confidentiality; and risk management.
Features: Throughout the book, practice tips are used to highlight important points of a particular issue and detailed scenarios assist in clarifying each legal concept. Of particular interest is the chapter on advance directives; there is no area of law that is newer to EMS than this issue. In this chapter, a definition of an advance directive is provided, and a discussion of the various types of directives follows. Suggestions are offered as to how to resolve advance directive problems when they arise. I found this chapter to be very functional.
Assessment: The authors have done a remarkable job in presenting such sensitive and difficult material. I would recommend this book to those EMS providers who are seeking a simplified explanation to a series of complicated issues.
Sherri-Lynne Almeida
This book explains in plain, everyday language current legal issues that affect the practice of prehospital care. The purpose is to ease confusion and frustration about legal issues by simplifying the relationship between EMS and the law. It is intended to make the reader more comfortable with many of the legal principles involved in the operation of an EMS service. EMS providers involved in day-to-day patient care and EMS administrators will find that acquiring a good working knowledge of the basic principles and concepts contained in this book will assist them in dealing with the many facets of EMS and the law. Patient care providers will find discussions on malpractice, consent and refusal, dealing with the emotionally disturbed patient, and advance directives. Content areas that might be useful to administrators are: defending a malpractice suit; employment issues; developing a health and safety program; patient confidentiality; and risk management. Throughout the book, practice tips are used to highlight important points of a particular issue and detailed scenarios assist in clarifying each legal concept. Of particular interest is the chapter on advance directives; there is no area of law that is newer to EMS than this issue. In this chapter, a definition of an advance directive is provided, and a discussion of the various types of directives follows. Suggestions are offered as to how to resolve advance directive problems when they arise. I found this chapter to be very functional. The authors have done a remarkable job in presenting such sensitive and difficult material. I would recommend this book to those EMS providers who are seeking a simplified explanation to aseries of complicated issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721670140
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Legal System. Malpractice. EMS and the Art of Litigation: Defending Malpractice. Medical Treatment: Consent and Refusal. Employment Issues in EMS. Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Developing a Health and Safety Program. Dealing with Emotionally Disturbed Patients. Advanced Directives. EMS and Law Enforcement. Patient Confidentiality in EMS. Legal Issues in Vehicle Operations and Equipment. Other Legal Issues or Considerations. Risk Management in EMS: Putting It All Together. Glossaryof Legal Terms. Further Resources. Index.

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