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Law and Ethics for ParamedicsAuthor: Georgette Eaton
Providing a clear and concise overview of applied law and ethics to UK paramedic practice, this book brings together the essential principles from a range of perspectives. Written by paramedics, for paramedics, it includes chapters on information governance, mental capacity, clinical negligence and medical research, with a specific focus on legislation and case law across the United Kingdom. Practical top tips are outlined in chapters focusing on paramedic use of social media, gaining consent and the assessment and treatment of children. Realistic case studies prompt the reader to consider the legislation relating to mental health, medicines management as well as palliative and end of life care. Offering an introduction to the ethical principles underpinning healthcare delivery, this book also aims to help the reader develop, reflect and consider their own ethical perspectives. Law and Ethics for Paramedics is an essential resource for students and paramedics across the UK who wish to understand more about the legal and ethical principles of their practice.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
2. Professional Regulation and Accountability
3. An Introduction to Ethics
4. An Overview of British Law
5. Information Governance: Data Protection and Confidentiality
6. Legal and Ethical Considerations in the Use of Social Media
8. Clinical Negligence
9. Legislation Relating to Mental Health
10. Assessing Mental Capacity
11. Legal and Ethical Principles in the Treatment of Children
12. Law and Ethics in Palliative Medicine and End-of-Life Care
13. A Note on Uncontrolled Donation after Circulatory Death
14. Overview of Ethics and Legislation Surrounding Medicines
15. Medical Research
“Law and ethics may not be the first ‘go to’ book your average paramedic would choose to browse through. In fact, I would predict it would be pretty low down the list—there are no helicopters, no trauma, paediatrics or maternity, and no new clinical skills to learn. My first concern prior to reading this text, as someone who has little to no knowledge of law, is that it would be heavy going and potentially delve into areas that are not paramedic-related or of any interest to a prehospital clinician. I could not have been wider from the mark if I tried. This is the first book review I have completed where I genuinely couldn’t put the book down…”
Vincent Romano, Consultant Paramedic, Journal of Paramedic Practice – July 2021