Q: Patient abandonement?

Is the driving EMT guilty of "patient abandonement" if he leaves a completley stable & oriented patient with little chance of deteriorating with the treating EMT at a dr's office for a "wait & return" transport, to drive to get food taking 9-12mins? He hadnt eaten in 17 hours & dispatch hadnt given him a break? If he is fired is he still eligible for unemployment benefits? Could he get his certification revoked?

1 Lawyer Answer
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: I can't speak to the employment law issues, but if the patient was injured or suffered any loss it could actually be criminal in nature. Your responsibility to the patient is separate from you employers duty to you.

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