Date Published

March 13, 2023

Updated For

ALS PCS Version ALS PCS Version 5.2


If a patient is capable - why is there a section for "Emergency Treatment of a Capable Patient without Consent"?


These sections provide protection for paramedic intervention in situations where care is needed but delay for obtaining consent is not reasonably possible.  Part (a) refers to situations where there is not an opportunity to obtain consent (e.g., amputation and application of tourniquet).  Parts (b) to (d) refer to language barriers interfering with the ability to obtain consent.  Part (e) applies in both of the above scenarios and refers to individuals who have indicated that they do not want treatment in some other manner (e.g., family members).



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