[MSAR] Home Land Security
sarpaws at netzero.net
Fri Mar 26 13:45:56 EST 2004
MessageI'd certainly offer to assist with anyone injured, but in a "Good Samaritan" capacity expected of anyone else. To offer services at a higher level of training would be inviting trouble I think. Unfortunately here in Ohio, there are no legal repercussions for the person who stands idly by and offers no assistance to someone in need. There is however, a mountain of legal and liability concerns for the person who introduces themselves as a healthcare provider and then fails to meet the standard of care.
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From: Ian Vowles
To: 'Mounted search and rescue'
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2004 6:18 PM
Subject: RE: [MSAR] Home Land Security
" Are any team members trained higher than basic First Aid? Wouldn't it be nice if the SAR/MSAR EMT wasn't assigned to traffic control during a disaster with multiple injured overwhelming local medical resources? "
Not sure what happens in California but in my experience either training or real life ~~ our EMT's no matter what other groups they belong to immediately offer their EMT skills in a potential MCI - never heard of EMT's doing traffic duty whilst subjects needed help !!!! I suspect doing so and ignoring people in medical need would be considered negligence in our state, even as a first responder although not legally bound as an EMT, ethically I am compelled to assist.
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