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Code of conduct for the paramedic professionals

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Medical Ethics

Paramedic professionals are bound by their love for people and a code of conduct. If these professionals do not have a code of conduct then there will be no benchmark to standardize their performance.

Only those people can join this profession, who have a compassionate heart and want to care for others under all circumstances. Paramedic professionals swear an oath to help people above their self interest. Standards set forth by code of conduct tend to give direction to the actions of paramedics.

Ralph Heibutzki at work.chron.com is throwing light on code of conduct for the paramedics in this post:

Code of Conduct for Paramedics

by Ralph Heibutzki

To guide their actions, paramedics swear an oath and abide by a conduct code adopted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAMET) in 1978. The association advocates for EMTs and paramedics nationwide, and works to set standards for both professions. Both documents reflected a growing drive to professionalize the field, as more communities embraced the concept of emergency medical services. Unchanged since their adoption, both texts represent the philosophical center of the profession.

History
Georgia surgeon Charles Gillespie wrote the EMT Oath and Code of Ethics that the association eventually adopted. According to “The Albany Herald,” Gillespie devised the oath first, following complaints of two paramedics behaving inappropriately while transporting patients. Gillespie’s inspiration came from the Hippocratic Oath, which is given to physicians, and its core idea of doing no harm to the patient. The oath has since translated into numerous languages, and is administered to all new EMTs.

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There are numerous examples of code of conducts for paramedics that are available online. These benchmarks of ethical conduct may vary slightly depending on a number of factors. One such example from Paramedics Australasia can be seen here:

Code of Conduct

Integrity

In carrying out their professional duties, Members must be honest, sincere and trustworthy, acting in a manner that does not bring discredit to their profession.

Respect

Members must ensure their actions and treatment demonstrates respect for the client as a person and that care is provided at the highest professional standard.

Responsibility / Accountability

Members must remain personally responsible and accountable for the professional decisions they make.

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This video by Discovering Religion will help you understand the code of ethics in the medical profession:

There is a lot of information related to paramedic profession that is available online. You can find a typical pay scale here.