Legal Pitfalls in EMS - 16-GANN-F3-0175

Legal Pitfalls in EMS

by Guy H. Haskell, PhD, JD, REMT-P
(4.6 / 279 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Emergency Medical Services (1.00 CEH)

Price: $5.00
CE-PRO Price: $2.50


Legal issues are as much a part of the medical landscape and decision-making process as history and physical exam, yet legal concerns in EMS differ to a certain degree from those in other branches of medicine. This course will explain the unique legal issues that confront EMS providers and offer suggestions of how they can improve patient care and avoid legal entanglements at the same time.


The goal of this continuing education program is to educate and inform EMS providers of the ways the legal system specifically affects them and how to improve patient care while avoiding litigation. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to
  • Identify areas of the law relevant to EMS
  • Discuss actions that are most likely to result in litigation
  • Describe practices that improve patient safety and care while limiting the provider’s exposure to lawsuits

Accreditation Information
This course is designed for EMTs and Paramedics.
This CE activity is accredited for 1.0 Basic CEH by OnCourse Learning, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
This course is also approved by the Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (provider # 50-1489) for 07/27/17 to 12/01/20.
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I understand that OnCourse Learning as a requirement of CAPCE accreditation will submit a record of my course completions to the CAPCE AMS. I further understand that my course completion records may be accessed by or shared with such regulators as state EMS offices, training officers, and NREMT on a password-protected need-to-know basis. In addition, I understand that I may review my record of CAPCE-accredited course completions by contacting CAPCE.

Course Originally Released on: 8/19/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/19/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/1/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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David C - Dade City, FL  ·  Feb 08, 2019
very informative lesson
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Karen W - Los angeles, CA  ·  Feb 05, 2019
this one is by far one of my favorite subject all about ems.
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DAVID P - Baudette, MN  ·  Jan 19, 2019
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Dave K - Orient, OH  ·  Jan 19, 2019
Well written and interesting
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Ryan H - pasadena, CA  ·  Jan 11, 2019
Good Info, I liked the quiz
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Price: $5.00
CE-PRO Price: $2.50