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EMS 4302 Unit V Assessment 1.The fairness or justice approach is concerned with ensuring that all persons receive equal treatment. It focuses on how fairly or unfairly actions distribute benefits and burdens among the members of a group. Discuss the fairness or justice approach related to the scenario below. Should the EMS providers transport this potentially ill but reluctant patient? Why, or why not? How does this relate to an ethical concern? Does the EMS agency have any ethical obligation as the emergency transport agency related to being fair or just? Support your answers. EMS personnel respond to a person who has become known as a “frequent flyer” that is homeless. As always, the patient is reluctant to be treated and after a few minutes becomes agitated. You follow your agency’s policy of making sure the patient demonstrates an understanding of his or her illness and understands the risks of refusing care. However, this time you observe the patient does not appear to be rational enough to refuse intervention. You begin to further assess the patient when your partner states that you should leave and tend to patients that are truly ill and need your help. EMS providers have a duty to serve their patients to the best of their ability. If they are responding to an emergency and find that the patient may be experiencing a health emergency they have a duty to get them help. If the patient shows reluctance as it pertains to transport. It is the duty of the medical personnel to provide as much education about the patient’s condition and explain the best possible course of action. If the patient has the ability to make their own decisions and is competent enough, the medics should listen to what their request are. Ethically speaking, an EMS provider must do what is right for the patient. If the professional has any indication that the patient is not competent enough to make the decision, they must transport. The fact that the caller is a “frequent flyer” should not matter. EMS professionals are trained to treat each emergency on its own merit. With that being said, EMS agencies must be fair and just while treating patients. In this case the EMS worker noticed that the patient did not appear to be rational enough to refuse treatment, unlike other instances. This should justify taking time to explain any possible outcome if not transported. This shouldn’t be treated as some routine
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