Paramedics are the highest level of pre-hospital providers, according to "The Princeton Review," and are responsible for saving thousands of lives every year. They treat injured and sick people in emergency medical settings, and must make accurate diagnoses to determine the proper treatments
Paramedics respond to 911 emergencies such as car accidents, fires, tornadoes and athletes who are injured in sports events. They assess patients' conditions and treat them accordingly, whether they adminster CPR or apply tourniquets to stop massive bleeding. These medical workers also take patients' vital signs, transport them to hospitals, and discuss their injuries and condition with doctors and nurses. Paramedics are also responsible for checking equipment to ensure it's working properly, and keeping supplies such as bandages, neck braces and splints stocked in their vehicles. They must also write reports on all incidents and the treatments they administer.
Be it pledged as an Emergency Medical Technician, I will honor the physical and judicial laws of God and man. I will follow that regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of patients and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, nor shall I suggest any such counsel. Into whatever homes I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of only the sick and injured, never revealing what I see or hear in the lives of men unless required by law.
I shall also share my medical knowledge with those who may benefit from what I have learned. I will serve unselfishly and continuously in order to help make a better world for all mankind.
While I continue to keep this oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life, and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times. Should I trespass or violate this oath, may the reverse be my lot.
So help me God.
•to conserve life, alleviate suffering, promote health, do no harm, and encourage the quality and equal availability of emergency medical care.
•to provide services based on human need, with compassion and respect for human dignity, unrestricted by consideration of nationality, race, creed, color, or status; to not judge the merits of the patient’s request for service, nor allow the patient’s socioeconomic status to influence our demeanor or the care that we provide.
•to not use professional knowledge and skills in any enterprise detrimental to the public well being.
•to respect and hold in confidence all information of a confidential nature obtained in the course of professional service unless required by law to divulge such information.
•to use social media in a responsible and professional manner that does not discredit, dishonor, or embarrass an EMS organization, co-workers, other health care practitioners, patients, individuals or the community at large.
•as a citizen, to understand and uphold the law and perform the duties of citizenship; as a professional, to work with concerned citizens and other health care professionals in promoting a high standard of emergency medical care to all people.
•to maintain professional competence, striving always for clinical excellence in the delivery of patient care.
•to assume responsibility in upholding standards of professional practice and education.
•to assume responsibility for individual professional actions and judgment, both in dependent and independent emergency functions, and to know and uphold the laws which affect the practice of EMS.
•to be aware of and participate in matters of legislation and regulation affecting EMS.
•to work cooperatively with EMS associates and other allied healthcare professionals in the best interest of our patients.
•to refuse participation in unethical procedures, and assume the responsibility to expose incompetence or unethical conduct of others to the appropriate authority in a proper and professional manner.
Sec. 775.036. POWERS AND DUTIES OF BOARD.
(a) The board shall:
(1) hold regular monthly meetings and other meetings as necessary;
(2) keep minutes and records of its acts and proceedings;
(3) give reports required by the state fire marshal, commissioner of health, and other authorized persons;
(4) on a written request from the commissioners court of a county in which the district is located received on or before
December 31, give a written report not later than February 1 of the following year to the commissioners court
regarding the district's budget, tax rate, and debt service for the preceding fiscal year; and
(5) administer the district in accordance with this chapter.
(b) thru (e) are specifics requirements that are fire and fire-code related items in which this board, at present, does not currently regulate.
(f) Each January, the board shall publish the street address of the district's administrative office in eight-point type in the legal notices section of a newspaper of general circulation in the district. In a district's first year of operation, the board shall publish the notice not later than the 60th day after the date the initial board is appointed.(g)
Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 14, Sec. 274, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 195, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 282, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 496, Sec. 8, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 272, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 235, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 930, Sec. 5, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.Amended by: Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 308, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 308, Sec. 4, eff. June 19, 2009.
HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE
TITLE 9. SAFETY
SUBTITLE B. EMERGENCIES
CHAPTER 775. EMERGENCY SERVICES DISTRICTS
SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS
Note: This is only a small sample of the complete Health & Safety code. You can find more info at: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/HS/htm/HS.775.htm