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Q: What does it mean to "practice medicine w/o license"? Can I take a pulse? Blood pressure? Bandage? Pass (stroke) test

Want to know what someone can do as a first responder (first aid) can do as opposed to an EMT or Paramedic. For example, someone arrives at a scene of an accident. What can they do before the ambulance arrives?

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: Why not volunteer with a fire department and see? Basically, a person coming on the scene should notify authorities and then act within their capabilities. Do you have 1st Aid & Advanced first Aid certification from the Red Cross? Then don't assume having seen you tube videos you can do anything more than apply compression to wounds, be a calming voice, you may provide CPR IF YOU KNOW HOW AND HAVE BEEN TRAINED.

You are concerned--extend that concern to training.

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