Sunday, February 7, 2016

EMT Refresher: Patient drop off

The past couple of days my EMT refresher has been talking about the legal ramifications of the interaction between an EMT and the patient. What happens when other people get involved? How do you protect yourself when you are transporting the patient to the hospital or transferring them to an Air Ambulance?

I'm going to discuss how an EMT can protect themselves legally during a transport and transfer situation.

The important thing to do is to use the medical facility that is closet and can treat the patient. Do not bypass a medical facility that is able to treat the patient unless directed by medical direction, patient or predetermined protocol.

Obtain full and clear report of patients condition from first responder if you are the EMT on scene. Obtain a clear report of patients condition from EMT if you are the medical staff at the facility or Air Ambulance.

Ensure that you are able to provide the level of care necessary during the transport and it is within your scope. If not, obtain assistance from ALS.

Obtain the informed consent form signed by patient or legal guardian if you are receiving the patient.

Obtain the written certification of transfer that includes the transferring physicians name and address, facility receiving the patient and the reason for the transfer.

As an EMT, know where you are going and take the quickest possible route.


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