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, face down on roadway. You're an RN in fact studying for MSN, do you have an obligation to render assistance or at least do an evaluation based on your medical knowledge?
Well, hypothetical questions get hypothetical answers, so my response will not be appropriate in every real-world situation.
However, in situations that I have been in (not hitting the person, thank God, but being present) I have provided what aid I could; ensuring a patent airway, controlling severe bleeding, protecting the victim from cold wind and rain, etc. I agree with those who opine that the most important thing that I could do is to call 911 and protect the victim from further harm. I note the victim’s general neurological condition so that I can report it to the EMS personnel, give the EMS team members a 5-10 second report, and then get out of their way.
So, yes, I believe that I have an ethical duty to offer aid in most situations, acknowledging that different responses may be more appropriate in different situations.
Last edit by Esme12 on Oct 12, '12