|Quoting OA412 (Reply 25):|
I believe so but I think that is because of the Hippocratic oath which the EMT's, as far as I know, are not beholden to. I'm sure DocLightning can shed more light on this.
Eh... it's tricky. If I'm on a plane and there's an emergency, I am not legally required to assist. But ethically, I am. I am protected by Good Samaritan laws.
Why might I refuse? Well, suppose I'd just downed three double-scotches (not that I'd do this on a plane). That's a good reason to refuse.
|Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 24):|
The latest news stories on this are saying they are suspended (probably with pay, due to obscene labor union rules) and are under investigation
The story in the OP says without pay.
I have to say, when I read the title I said "Lemme guess. New York or LA
, right?" In my time working in medicine in New York City I never met so many healthcare workers (not counting MD
's and RN
's) who seemed to have a very defined sense of "that's not my job." Working in our ER
, I can remember two occasions where a member of the ED
staff (not an RN
or an MD
) declared that she was going on break right in the middle of an emergency. Now, policy or not, simple decency and common sense dictates that you delay your break until someone isn't dying in front of you.
I could give story after story about how various members of ancillary staff delayed and obstructed patient care, sometimes for critically ill patients. The radiology tech who found excuse after excuse to delay the STAT head CT
on my 15yo boy with a known infection inside his brain and increasing symptoms. He managed to delay that scan for over three hours and his supervisor could do nothing about it. The radiology tech who declared that he was on break when we had a 14yo kid in the ER
with his foot literally hanging off the ankle (skin intact). The lab tech who, when presented with a STAT lab, told me that he'd run it "when he got around to it," but I needed the results right away. The lady in Blood Bank who talked over me and yelled at me when I told her that I needed O-negative blood for a newborn baby right now or the baby would be dead. What if it were *her* baby? It happened time after time after time. Never once in any other place have I ever had this issue so consistently. But in New York City, it just seemed like the norm.
I got sick and tired of the attitude of "I just have to do my job and nothing more." That might work in some industries, but not in healthcare. Healthcare REQUIRES that you go above and beyond the call of duty from time to time. Don't like it? Go flip burgers.