Applied ethics

Bioethics. Business ethics. Moral psychology

Are community standards for when to resuscitate valid?

A 24-year-old man is involved in a motorcycle accident one block from the com­munity hospital. An empty ambulance passes by, scoops him up, and brings him into the emergency department.

Role of emergency medical technicians and paramedics: observer-trainees

The paramedic trainee has had three years of ambulance experience and eighty additional hours of classroom training in emergency care. He is currently enrolled in additional classes.

Legal requirements for notification

A 30-year-old man comes to the emergency department claiming that he has been shot. He states that he is willing to undergo emergency tests and treatment only if the physician agrees not to call the police and that he will leave the emergency department if the physician does not promise this.

Denial of antipregnancy prophylaxis to a rape victim

A 20-year-old woman is brought to St. Agnes Hospital emergency department after being raped. Medical treatment, begun immediately by emergency department personnel, includes psychological support, a general physical examination, and the standard me­dicolegal rape examination.