Emt Code Of Ethics Essay

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When taking an oath to be a pharmacist, an EMT, or a physician, one takes an oath to serve humanity. Although there is no common law, each individual profession’s code of ethics has a similar purpose, which is to act as a guideline on the professional relationships between colleagues, patients, and others served. The code of ethics is a standard for all individuals in the profession, however there are instances where a person’s individual beliefs may be of conflict, and prevent the adherence of such guidelines. Although the rights of these individuals may be protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), there is a responsibility as a medical professional to assist the patients, whether it be directly or indirectly.
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Our EMT refusing to perform the lifesaving procedures on the gay patient goes against our obligation to help mankind unselfishly. This case is a difficult one because there is no definite way to prove a person’s sexuality, especially if the person was unconscious. Even if the EMT was certain that the individual was gay, this act breaks the code of ethics of EMT’s which states that EMT’s will “provide services based on human need… unrestricted by consideration of nationality, race, creed, color, or status.” Although the EMT may claim that protection, there should be a form of disciplinary action taken by the EMT’s overseers, especially if his refusal was at the expense of a human life that relied on his …show more content…

Health care workers are called upon to improve and maintain the health of our patients. A society where the civil rights of patients are dependent on the religious beliefs of others is not one I would want to live in. Basic rights and equality should never yield to discrimination, especially when people’s lives depend on the services of health care professionals. Even though the refusal to treat patients is legally protected by the RFRA, we should try to minimize discrimination, prevent our self-interests from providing exceptional care, and if not possible then there should be alternative ways to offer our patients the services they need. In the end, when we chose to pursue a profession in health care, we chose to benefit all of

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