Continuing Professional Development: Ethical aspects of consent, duty of care, and negligence in paramedic practice

OverviewThis CPD module aims to outline, describe and explain some of the key ethical-legal issues in paramedic practice, and their relation to the concept of consent, a duty of care and negligence. Ethical issues are closely intertwined with legal aspects of care and this module will therefore consider the four ethical principles, focusing on the two key principles of autonomy and nonmaleficence.Learning OutcomesAfter completing this module the paramedic will be able to:develop an awareness of the four key ethical principlesappreciate the concept of consent and capacity.comprehend the issue of negligence in clinical practice.understand the issue of a duty of care.

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