FAQ Level 3 Award for First Responders on Scene: Emergency First Responder (RQF) FROS® - Online Blended Part 1

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Consent to help

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Understanding Consent in Emergency Situations


Consent, whether implied or explicit, is crucial in emergency medical situations. It is essential to understand the dynamics of consent both as a first responder and within the framework of emergency services.

Consent as a First Responder

As a first aider or responder, **asking for permission** is paramount before administering treatment. If the patient solicits assistance, it implies consent for treatment. In cases where the patient becomes unconscious, consent is implied, and you are obliged to provide care until professional assistance arrives.

Consent within Emergency Services

The emergency services operate under similar principles. **Explicit inquiry** about the need for help is made, but if the individual loses consciousness, consent is implied. However, it is imperative never to leave a patient unattended if there are concerns about their well-being, especially in scenarios involving intoxication or substance abuse.

Chain of Action

In situations where individuals refuse help despite obvious need, a **chain of action** must be followed to ensure their safety. As a first responder, passing the responsibility to the ambulance service is necessary. If refusal persists, escalation to the police is warranted, ensuring that no patient is neglected or harmed due to lack of intervention.