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Chapter 1-2-4

Brady Basic Chapter 1-2-3

A system for telephone access to report emergencies. A dispatcher takes the information and alerts EMS or the fire or police departments as needed. 911 System
A process of continuous self-review with the purpose of identifying and correctiong aspects of the system that require improvement. Quality Improvement
An EMT or other person authorized by a Medical Director to give medications and provide emergency care. The transfer of such authorization to a designated agent is an extension of the Medical Director's license to practice medicine. Designated Agent
Description of medical techniques or practices that are supported by scientific evidence of their safety and efficacy, rather than merely by supposition and tradition. Evidenced-Based
Oversight of the patient-care aspects of an EMS system by the Medical Director. Medical direction
Consists of standing orders issued by the Medical Director that allow EMT's to give certain medications or preform certain percedures without speaking to the Medical Director or another physician.  On Line medical Direction
A physician who assumes ultimate responsibility for the patient-care aspects of the EMS system. Medical Director
The long term survival of patients. Paitient Outcomes
Lists of steps, such as assessments and interventions, to be taken in different situations. Protocols are developed by the Medical Director of an EMS system.  Protocols
A policy or protocol issued by a Medical Director that authorizes EMTs and others to preform particular skills in certain situations. Standing Orders
The introduction of dangerous chemicals, disease, or infectious materials. Contamination
A comprehensive system that includes education and resources to both prevent stress and to deal with stress appropriately when it occurs. critical incident stress management (CISM)
The removal or cleansing of dangerous chemicals and other dangerous or infectious materials. Decomtamination
The release of a harmful substance into the environment. Hazerdous material- Incident
leaving a patient after care has been initiated and before the patient has been transferred to someone with equal or greater medical trainin abandonment
a DNR order Advance Directive
the obligation not to reveal information obtained about a patient except to other health-care professionals involved in the patient's care, or under subpoena, or in a court of law, or when the patient has signed a release of confidentiality. confidentiality
permission from the patient for care or other action by the EMT. See also expressed consent; implied consent Consent
the location where a crime has been committed or any place that evidence relating to a crime may be found Crime Scene
order a legal document, usually signed by the patient and his physician, which states that the patient has a terminal illness and does not wish to prolong life through resuscitative efforts DNR Do not resuscitate Order
an obligation to provide care to a patient Duty to Act
consent given by adults who are of legal age and mentally competent to make a rational decision in regard to their medical well-being. See also consent; implied consent expressed consent
a series of laws, varying in each state, designed to provide limited legal protection for citizens and some health-care personnel when they are administering emergency care Good Samaritan laws
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a federal law protecting the privacy of patient-specific health care information and providing the patient with control over how this information is used and distributed. HIPPA
the consent it is presumed a patient or patient's parent or guardian would give if they could, such as for an unconscious patient or a parent who cannot be contacted when care is needed.  implied consent
being held legally responsible Liability
a finding of failure to act properly in a situation in which there was a duty to act, needed care as would reasonably be expected of the EMT was not provided, and harm was caused to the patient as a result. negligence
a person who has completed a legal document that allows for donation of organs and tissues in the event of death  Organ Donor
a set of regulations and ethical considerations that define the scope, or extent and limits, of the EMT's job Scope of Practice
A federal Act that estabishes Procedures by which emergency response workers can find out if they have been exposed to life threatening infecious diseases is the Ryan White Care Act
What federal organization resposible for issuing guidelines for employee safety OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Administration
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