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Emergency Care Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics

Emergency Care Code of Ethics

Professional status as an Emergency Medical Care Provider is maintained and enriched by the willingness of the individual practitioner to accept and fulfil obligations to society, other medical professionals, and the profession of Emergency Medical Care. 

As an Emergency Medical Care Provider, I solemnly pledge myself to the following code of professional ethics:

  1. A fundamental responsibility of the Emergency Medical Care Professional is to conserve life, to alleviate suffering, to promote health, to do no harm, and to encourage the quality and equal availability of emergency medical care.
  2. The Emergency Medical Care Professional provides services based on human need, with respect for human dignity, unrestricted by consideration of nationality, race creed, colour, or status.
  3. The Emergency Medical Care Professional does not use professional knowledge and skills in any enterprise detrimental to the public well-being.
  4. The Emergency Medical Care Professional respects and holds in confidence all information of a confidential nature obtained in the course of professional work unless required by law to divulge such information.
  5. The Emergency Medical Care Professional, as a citizen, understands and upholds the law and performs the duties of citizenship; as a professional, the Emergency Medical Care Professional has the never-ending responsibility to work with concerned citizens and other health care professionals in promoting a high standard of emergency medical care to all people.
  6. The Emergency Medical Care Professional shall maintain professional competence and demonstrate concern for the competence of other members of the Emergency Medical Services health care team.
  7. An Emergency Medical Care Professional assumes responsibility in defining and upholding standards of professional practice and education.
  8. The Emergency Medical Care Professional assumes responsibility for individual professional actions and judgment, both in dependent and independent emergency functions, and knows and upholds the laws that affect the practice of the Emergency Medical Care Professional.
  9. An Emergency Medical Care Professional has the responsibility to be aware of and participate in matters of legislation affecting the Emergency Medical Service System.
  10. The Emergency Medical Care Professional, or groups of Emergency Medical Care Professionals, who advertise professional service, do so in conformity with the dignity of the profession.
  11. The Emergency Medical Care Professional has an obligation to protect the public by not delegating to a person less qualified, any service that requires the professional competence of an Emergency Medical Care Professional.
  12. The Emergency Medical Care Professional will work harmoniously with and sustain confidence in Emergency Medical Care Professional associates, the nurses, the physicians, and other members of the Emergency Medical Services health care team.
  13. The Emergency Medical Care Professional refuses to participate in unethical procedures, and assumes the responsibility to expose incompetence or unethical conduct of others to the appropriate authority in a proper and professional manner.

Adapted for South African use from the Code of Ethics Written by: Charles Gillespie M.D., USA

 

 

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