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Doctors that are not "on duty"
    #14900641 - 08/10/11 01:16 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

The thread about being turned away from the hospital got me to thinking... does a doctor who is not at a hospital or whatever their place of work may be have any legal responsibility to help someone in need? If they are just out in their private life? Say a doctor is eating dinner with their family and the guy at the next table has a seizure. Is the doctor compelled to act in any way?


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Re: Doctors that are not "on duty" [Re: blabbly]
    #14900673 - 08/10/11 01:23 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

Not sure about docs, but as a paramedic, I am binded by what is known as the duty to act. I would think it would be the same for doctors.


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Re: Doctors that are not "on duty" [Re: love2shpongleIRL]
    #14900687 - 08/10/11 01:25 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

Actually, now that I think about it, that mainly applies to being on duty. It is irresponsible and unethical not to help if you have the training, but there is no legal responsibility on your part if you are off duty.


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Re: Doctors that are not "on duty" [Re: love2shpongleIRL]
    #14900708 - 08/10/11 01:29 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

I think there's a hypocratic oath or something that compells them to do what they can, when they can.



but an oath is an oath, only as strong as the man who bears it.


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Re: Doctors that are not "on duty" [Re: blabbly]
    #14900709 - 08/10/11 01:29 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

blabbly said:
Is the doctor compelled to act in any way?



Yes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocratic_Oath


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Re: Doctors that are not "on duty" [Re: koraks]
    #14900726 - 08/10/11 01:31 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

doublepost on account of crappy train connection


Edited by koraks (08/10/11 01:32 PM)


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Re: Doctors that are not "on duty" [Re: koraks]
    #14900727 - 08/10/11 01:31 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

Nice timing, meams :wink:

My sister's a doctor, and she had to take the oath. If I'm not mistaken, she's legally liable if she fails to help someone who is in a medical emergency and she has the realistic possibility to help said person. Apparently, that's the practical relevance of the Hippocratic oath, but this is in The Netherlands, mind you.


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Re: Doctors that are not "on duty" [Re: koraks]
    #14901143 - 08/10/11 02:44 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

Yeah, here in teh US i doubt any jury of peers would convict a doctor for not doing what he can.  individual freedoms and all that mess.


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Re: Doctors that are not "on duty" [Re: memes]
    #14901359 - 08/10/11 03:21 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

With all the bullshit politics surrounding it, I'm sure if a doctor didnt helped then said he thought the patient was 'on drugs' nothing bad would come from his actions


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Re: Doctors that are not "on duty" [Re: Azure Essence]
    #14901754 - 08/10/11 04:41 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

Yeah, who knows. Not around these parts though. It would be regarded as a piss poor excuse, and not do much good for the doctard's case.


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Re: Doctors that are not "on duty" [Re: koraks]
    #14901798 - 08/10/11 04:48 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

Varies state to state (like most things).  Where I live you don't have to preform CPR if you know it, and someone needs your assistance.  You can't be forced.  I'm sure its different for doctors and again varies by state.


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Re: Doctors that are not "on duty" [Re: koraks]
    #14901808 - 08/10/11 04:50 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

Yeah I know about the hippopotamous oath. I just wasn't sure if that applied only when they are officially practicing, and not living their private life.
I guess I wonder similarly about paramedics then too. Thanks for the info, sphongle.


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