Kansas Professional Licensing Attorney Discusses Code of Ethics for Emergency Medical Technicians

Emergency medical service (EMS) providers may be better known as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). The title also includes paramedics. However one refers to them, EMTs are on the front lines helping save people every day by responding to car accidents, heart attacks, strokes, choking victims, people who stopped breathing, drug overdoses, gunshot victims, women who are giving birth, and countless other medical emergencies. They do their jobs well and in dire situations which force them to summons all of their strength and professionalism to make it through. Sometimes it works out for the best, and sometimes it does not, unfortunately.  When it does not work out well for a victim or the victim’s family, they might try to assess blame for the death or injury to a loved one by filing a complaint against the EMTs who responded to the situation. If that happens, Kansas and Missouri professional licensing attorney will zealously advocate on the EMTs’ behalf to protect his or her livelihood and professional reputation.

EMTs are licensed medical professionals in both Kansas and Missouri. In each state, EMS candidates must satisfy a rigorous training and educational course before they can provide emergency services.  Once the EMS practitioner receives his or her license to work as an EMT, they must renew their certifications and take continuing educational classes.

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) has promulgated a code for its members to follow. The code may serve as the foundation upon which EMTs services are provided and the manner in which EMTs provide them. EMS practitioners are sworn to uphold a code; an ethic that reinforces that they must be selfless, professional, and compassionate performing the job they do. The code embodies everything an EMT must be.

The NAEMT code was designed by its authors to enrich the quality of care, and service EMTs provide. Therefore, to abide by the code, EMS practitioners must:

  • Do what they can to preserve life and eliminate pain and suffering. They must not do harm and must provide emergency medical services with equality for all who rely on them for care;
  • EMTs must maintain the dignity of human life. They must not evince any prejudice toward any person. Rather, EMTS must treat people with compassion and respect without regard to race, color, creed, or socio-economic status in life;
  • EMTs must always act for the well-being of the public good;
  • EMTS shall not disclose confidential information;
  • EMS practitioners may use social media but should not compromise their professional integrity or shame the profession in any way;
  • EMS providers must maintain and demonstrate technical competence at all times;
  • EMTS shall maintain the highest standards in the practice and continue to educate themselves on new techniques in addition to maintaining competence in current technologies;
  • Individuals should use their best judgment at all times;
  • EMS providers must cooperate with other healthcare providers, so the patient for which care is given receives the highest-quality healthcare; and
  • EMS practitioners must report unethical or incompetent practitioners or practices as well as refuse to participate in unethical practices.

Following this code allows the EMS providers to care for patients not only with care, compassion, and dignity, but to perform technical, life-saving measures when called upon to do so.

Attorney Danielle Sanger; Aggressive Defense of EMTS In Kansas and Missouri

Kansas Professional Licensing Attorney Danielle Sanger understands and appreciates the sacrifices EMTs make every day for the good of us all. If you are an EMTs facing professional discipline, contact Attorney Sanger today at 785-979-4353 to schedule a consultation. Attorney Sanger will use her vast experience to defend you and your profession.