EMS Duty To Act | H1N1 and You

EMS1As usual a fast paced show for the Office Hours cast. This week we talk about EMS providers not taking the Flu shot and just what is a “Duty to Act” in EMS. Take a listen and be sure to post your thoughts below on the shows topics.

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  1. Sean Gaves says:

    In NYS it does not matter if you are volunteer or paid. If a patient either flags you down, you observe them in distress or they place a call for your services and you are on duty, you have a duty to act.

    Your uniform does not constitute duty to act (if you are off duty). However like we all know if you engage a patient you now have an assumed duty and must carry through.

    I always tell my students that although you may not have a legal obligation while in uniform, and off duty, that the court of public opinion will wage against you if you so choose not to act (i.e. don’t wear your uniform off duty).

    Great show! I just started listening and it is nice to hear something so informative in New York!

    – Sean

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