Ruth Hodgson
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 8, Iss. 2, 04 Feb 2016, pp 90 - 94

There are multiple legal issues which dominate the work of paramedics and
healthcare professionals alike. For those professionally registered, such as
paramedics, there is an added obligation of professional boundaries.
This article will examine possible legal and issues within a hypothetical case
study and discuss the possible conflicts associated with these issues. The article
considers a range of legal and professional aspects which may crop up in the
pre-hospital care environment including capacity to consent, informed consent,
acting in the best interests of a patient, rights of a foetus, infant preservation,
duty of care and negligence. Within pre-hospital care there is a necessity to
make rapid decisions based upon these laws, and therefore it is important that
all practitioners consider these.

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