Cultural challenges in getting it right for every child: a reflective account
Friday, March 2, 2012
Paramedics working within health care services are faced with difficult decisions almost every day. They are required to work within organizational and professional boundaries and in the best interests of their patients at all times. In cases involving children it is especially important to ensure the child is properly empowered and included in the decision-making process. Sometimes these requirements are difficult to assess and paramedics will draw on professional and personal experience to assist them in deciding how best to ensure appropriate empowerment and that patient care has taken place. When dealing with patients from cultural backgrounds they are unfamiliar with, language barriers and cultural differences may make it difficult for paramedics to assess whether their patient has been properly empowered and included.
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