Mark Woolcock
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 9, Iss. 12, 01 Dec 2017, pp 538 - 540

Good clinical practice has to be entwined with good ethical practice. Therefore, it
follows that the clinical acumen of a modern paramedic develops at the same rate
as their moral and ethical practice. As a newer profession, paramedics have relied
on rules and codes from others to help maintain this balance, but their ancient
and basic structure fails to address the nuances of modern practice. The paramedic
profession has required a heuristic approach, as well as relying on the precedent of
modern laws and codes, to underpin practice while simultaneously recognising the
limitations of oath-based principles. This response has been necessary to address
the increasingly complex and complicated situations paramedics encounter in their
clinical environment.

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