Accident Scenes: Do You Always Offer Assistance? - page 9

Ok, so I have read what many have felt their obligation would be on the scene of an accident, but what would you do if you caused the accident, hitting a pedestrian, country road, EMS 10 minutes or more away, obvious head injury,... Read More

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    No apology, was a gentle reminder for everyone.
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    I was first on scene to a rollover mvc involving an SUV filled with 6 people. It happened right in front of us as we were driving to the store one afternoon. The front passenger was trapped upside down. Three children were climbing out the back window. The driver and the passenger behind him required a little assistance getting out. I am a paramedic and there wasn't much I could do. I did assist the driver out of the vehicle. He was coming out whether I helped or not so I helped him. There wasn't much I could do about his c-spine at that point. I did have another bystander yell at me that she was a nurse and that I shouldn't move the man. Well, he was already halfway out and was not going to hold still. I asked the nurse to help with the kids. The trapped passenger ended up dying. One of the kids had multiple facial fractures. The rest had minor injuries. That day I didn't even have a pair of gloves in my car. Sometimes the best you can do is gather a bit of info for the medics and help calm down those involved. That was a mess of a scene and I really felt helpless even though that's my everyday job.

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    Not every accident is the motor vehicle driver's fault, bikes and pediatricians are more vulnerable but they due make errors or take actions that put them at risk for harm. Every accident site needs to be looked at individually.
    You are right in every point that you make, Ruas61, however, I do not think fault is an issue in terms of the ethical question. If we are involved in an accident, regardless of who's fault it is, we should offer what aid we can safely and responsibly provide. And, as you point out, every accident scene does need to be assessed individually, and the healthcare provider on scene has to make a careful decission about what her ethical duties are in that specific incident. One size does not fit all.
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