New york state law dating a minor

30-Jun-2018 04:49

The issue of providing care and/or the patient's right to refuse care becomes a complex circumstance EMS providers must address.In the prehospital situation the issue at hand is not usually providing care but rather the failure to treat.

An individual who is legally a minor cannot give effective legal/informed consent to treatment and therefore, conversely, cannot legally refuse treatment. Fully document all circumstances including subjective and objective findings, attempts to contact parents, note any objections or refusals by the patient and all other pertinent situational facts. Always consider contacting medical control for assistance.

EMS agencies are advised to work with hospital administrators, local law enforcement agencies, school administrators and community youth group leaders to develop policies and procedures to best serve the medical needs of minors in time of an emergency.

There are alternatives to EMS and hospitals for custody and supervision of minors.

Agency policies and regional BLS and ALS protocol sets can contain guidance for treating minors in the prehospital setting.

Contacting medical control is always an acceptable option for EMS providers faced with uncertain situations.

An individual who is legally a minor cannot give effective legal/informed consent to treatment and therefore, conversely, cannot legally refuse treatment. Fully document all circumstances including subjective and objective findings, attempts to contact parents, note any objections or refusals by the patient and all other pertinent situational facts. Always consider contacting medical control for assistance.

EMS agencies are advised to work with hospital administrators, local law enforcement agencies, school administrators and community youth group leaders to develop policies and procedures to best serve the medical needs of minors in time of an emergency.

There are alternatives to EMS and hospitals for custody and supervision of minors.

Agency policies and regional BLS and ALS protocol sets can contain guidance for treating minors in the prehospital setting.

Contacting medical control is always an acceptable option for EMS providers faced with uncertain situations.

Careful assessment, decision making and documentation are key as is discussion and planning with other agencies.