Ethical challenges

Dave W. Lu*, James G. Adams

*Corresponding author for this work

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1 Scopus citations


Ethical issues are present in every provider-patient encounter. They become more poignant in the prehospital setting where decisions often need to be made in a time-sensitive manner and without all the necessary information available. The potential for retrospective scrutiny of actions performed in emergency settings can make decisions surrounding complex ethical issues particularly challenging and stressful for providers. EMS physicians and providers nonetheless can successfully manage the most common ethical dilemmas that arise in their daily practice with a thorough understanding of core ethical principles. This chapter presents specific situations in the prehospital setting in which ethical questions frequently arise and offers frameworks to assist in decision making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClinical Aspects of EMS
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781118990810
ISBN (Print)9781118865309
StatePublished - Feb 12 2015


  • Confidentiality
  • Disclosure
  • Ethics
  • Informed consent
  • Minors
  • Professionalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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