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G.3.22 Service Refusal

 

Paramedic Services Effective Date: April 30, 2019
Topic: Operations Directives Replaces: May 30, 2010
Subject: Service Refusal Policy No. G.3.22.

 

PURPOSE

To ensure Paramedic Services personnel are aware of their responsibility to make every reasonable effort to facilitate treatment and transportation of patients, and to ensure that the Standard is met when processing the refusal of care.
 

APPLICATION
  • Paramedics
  • Paramedic Superintendents
     

PROCEDURE

Where any patient refuses care, or refuses transportation following provision of care by Manitoulin-Sudbury DSB Paramedic Services, the Aid to Capacity section of the ePCR shall be completed, confirming the ability of the patient to fully understand their decision to refuse care/transportation. Age is not a limiting factor when determining a patient’s capacity to understand their decision regarding care and transportation.

If any patient has refused transportation to a medical facility, Paramedics shall endeavour to ensure the patient is left with a responsible person, and that direction is provided should the patient change their position on transportation. 

Where the Aid to Capacity has been completed, the Refusal of Service section of the ePCR shall be completed and signed by the patient/substitute decision maker and a witness where available. Additionally, all attending Paramedics shall sign the ePCR.

Paramedic shall detail the rationale for the refusal of specific care, or transportation in the remarks section of the ePCR.

Where any patient does not successfully complete the Aid to Capacity, or where Paramedics’ reasonably believe the patient condition will deteriorate, personnel may access Police Services, or the Base Hospital Physician. In such instances, paramedics shall complete and submit an Incident Report.

Refer to the ACR Completion Manual for more information.
 

REFERENCE

MOHLTC, EHS-B ACR Completion Manual