“Our Code” Miami County EMS “Our Code” Jason M. Jenkins Chief

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<ul><li> Slide 1 </li> <li> Slide 2 </li> <li> Our Code Miami County EMS Our Code Jason M. Jenkins Chief </li> <li> Slide 3 </li> <li> Objectives Have a working knowledge of the EMT Oath Have an understanding of the EMT Code of Ethics Understand the Miami County EMS Mission statement Be familiar with Our Code at Miami County EMS Work through some scenarios that have moral and ethical dilemmas </li> <li> Slide 4 </li> <li> Morals Where do they come from? What determines if they are right or wrong? Can someone change your morals? </li> <li> Slide 5 </li> <li> Morals of, pertaining to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical: founded on the fundamental principles of right conduct rather than on legalities, enactment, or custom </li> <li> Slide 6 </li> <li> Ethics Can someone change your ethics? Where do your ethics come from? Whats the difference between an ethic and a moral? </li> <li> Slide 7 </li> <li> Ethics the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.: moral principles, as of an individual: His ethics forbade betrayal of a confidence. </li> <li> Slide 8 </li> <li> EMT Oath 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. </li> <li> Slide 9 </li> <li> EMT Oath 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. </li> <li> Slide 10 </li> <li> EMT Oath 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. </li> <li> Slide 11 </li> <li> Code of Ethics Professional status as an Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency Medical Technician- Paramedic is maintained and enriched by the willingness of the individual practitioner to accept and fulfill obligations to society, other medical professionals, and the profession of Emergency Medical Technician. As an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, I solemnly pledge myself to the following code of professional ethics: </li> <li> Slide 12 </li> <li> Code of Ethic A fundamental responsibility of the Emergency Medical Technician is to conserve life, to alleviate suffering, to promote health, to do no harm, and to encourage the quality and equal availability of emergency medical care. </li> <li> Slide 13 </li> <li> Code of Ethic The Emergency Medical Technician provides services based on human need, with respect for human dignity, unrestricted by consideration of nationality, race, creed, color, or status. </li> <li> Slide 14 </li> <li> Code of Ethic The Emergency Medical Technician does not use professional knowledge and skills in any enterprise detrimental to the public well being. </li> <li> Slide 15 </li> <li> Code of Ethic The Emergency Medical Technician respects and holds in confidence all information of a confidential nature obtained in the course of professional work unless required by law to divulge such information. </li> <li> Slide 16 </li> <li> Code of Ethic The Emergency Medical Technician, as a citizen, understands and upholds the law and performs the duties of citizenship; as a professional, the Emergency Medical Technician has the never-ending responsibility to work with concerned citizens and other health care professionals in promoting a high standard of emergency medical care to all people. </li> <li> Slide 17 </li> <li> Code of Ethic The Emergency Medical Technician shall maintain professional competence and demonstrate concern for the competence of other members of the Emergency Medical Services health care team. </li> <li> Slide 18 </li> <li> Code of Ethic An Emergency Medical Technician assumes responsibility in defining and upholding standards of professional practice and education. </li> <li> Slide 19 </li> <li> Code of Ethic The Emergency Medical Technician assumes responsibility for individual professional actions and judgment, both in dependent and independent emergency functions, and knows and upholds the laws which affect the practice of the Emergency Medical Technician. </li> <li> Slide 20 </li> <li> Code of Ethic An Emergency Medical Technician has the responsibility to be aware of and participate in matters of legislation affecting the Emergency Medical Service System. </li> <li> Slide 21 </li> <li> Code of Ethic The Emergency Medical Technician, or groups of Emergency Medical Technicians, who advertise professional service, do so in conformity with the dignity of the profession. </li> <li> Slide 22 </li> <li> Code of Ethic The Emergency Medical Technician has an obligation to protect the public by not delegating to a person less qualified, any service which requires the professional competence of an Emergency Medical Technician </li> <li> Slide 23 </li> <li> Code of Ethic The Emergency Medical Technician will work harmoniously with and sustain confidence in Emergency Medical Technician associates, the nurses, the physicians, and other members of the Emergency Medical Services health care team. </li> <li> Slide 24 </li> <li> Code of Ethic The Emergency Medical Technician refuses to participate in unethical procedures, and assumes the responsibility to expose incompetence or unethical conduct of others to the appropriate authority in a proper and professional manner. </li> <li> Slide 25 </li> <li> Our Mission To provide emergency medical services commensurate with the expertise of its Medical Director, the staff of the EMS and the facilitys resources. These services will be provided to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. </li> <li> Slide 26 </li> <li> Our Mission Develop relationships with other EMS providers to assure continuity of care to patients who cannot or should not be treated by Miami County EMS, to insure that the countys emergency medical health needs are met. </li> <li> Slide 27 </li> <li> Our Mission Evaluate, on a continuous basis, the changing EMS system and the countys appropriate role in terms of quality, cost, and access. </li> <li> Slide 28 </li> <li> Our Mission Miami County EMS through the County Commission, Chief, and Staff shall, on continuing basis, establish goals and objectives consistent with this stated mission. </li> <li> Slide 29 </li> <li> Scenario #1 Your unit is dispatched to a MVC. Upon arrival your patient requires extrication out of the vehicle. She is A&amp;O x3 and is stable. The patient is in possession of her purse, and SO requests you obtain her drivers license. In the purse you see a bag of weed. Do you tell the Sheriffs Department? </li> <li> Slide 30 </li> <li> Our Code EMS will challenge you on its personal and professional level. The intent of Our Code is to help guide the employees through some of those challenges. Our Code is advice that has been learned the hard way, through trial and errorsuccess and failure. Be wise enough to learn from others. </li> <li> Slide 31 </li> <li> Our Code The success you experience at Miami County EMS will depend on how well you understand the elements in this presentation and apply them to your personal and professional life. </li> <li> Slide 32 </li> <li> Keep your ego in check Maybe youre nice enough. But why do you struggle to fit in? A common culprit: is ego. Beware of the following rapport ruining behaviors: </li> <li> Slide 33 </li> <li> Playing topper. When someone tells a funny anecdote, dont rush to top it. Example: Joe discusses his kids soccer game. You pipe up and brag about how your kid scored the winning goal last weekend. </li> <li> Slide 34 </li> <li> Lecturing A co-worker shares his struggles trying to master a new skill. You should nod and empathize, but instead you interrupt to give unsolicited advice. Even if youre an expert and youre itching to chime in, wait until someone asks for help. </li> <li> Slide 35 </li> <li> Taking yourself too seriously A good natured colleague gently jokes about a mistake you made. Dont take offense or defend yourself. Laugh along. Its OK. </li> <li> Slide 36 </li> <li> Rid yourself of labels Your colleagues label everyone from the the bean counters to the paper pushers. Dont join in. Refer to each department by name (finance, human resources) without the cute moniker. You never know whos going to take offense. </li> <li> Slide 37 </li> <li> Acknowledge your mistakes everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes we say things that can be taken wrong or unintentionally hurt someones feelings. The simple fix is to acknowledge it and say youre sorry and mean it. This will demonstrate maturity and character. </li> <li> Slide 38 </li> <li> Wait until the right time to provide input when you have an idea, realize that it might not be the right time to share it. If it makes someone else look bad in front of a group or translates into you looking like a Know-it- All, the best course is to wait until another time or bring it up with your Lieutenant or Battalion Chief in private. </li> <li> Slide 39 </li> <li> Follow the Chain-of-Command Miami County EMS operates with a chain-of- command. That means that official requests or reports move through the department in a logical sequence from one rank to another. There are informal means of communicating ideas or suggestions within the department by casual conversations with the Chiefs. Regardless of the idea, it will undoubtedly flow through the chain- of-command or flow through a committee review process. </li> <li> Slide 40 </li> <li> You are your Brothers Keeper In this profession you are expected to look out for your counterparts. You are expected to be honest and demonstrate integrity. Integrity is following through on what you say you will. You will lose respect within the department if you dont practice integrity everyday. </li> <li> Slide 41 </li> <li> Spend your working hours Talking about golf will probably not make you a better EMT or Paramedic. </li> <li> Slide 42 </li> <li> There are three rules that supersede all other rules: 1) Do right 2) Treat Others Like You Would Like To Be Treated 3) Do Your Best You will be held to these without exception by those you work with. </li> <li> Slide 43 </li> <li> Know what is expected of you do it, and then do a little more than what was expected. </li> <li> Slide 44 </li> <li> Learn something new everyday Those that have been in EMS for over 28 years at times feel that they have just scratched the surface of the knowledge required to be great in EMS. Always learn something new every chance you get. </li> <li> Slide 45 </li> <li> If it doesnt have your name on it LEAVE IT ALONE </li> <li> Slide 46 </li> <li> Read everything you find about EMS, listen to advice and war stories from fellow EMTs and paramedics, and observe everything around you at a call or accident scene. Remember what works and what does not. </li> <li> Slide 47 </li> <li> Dont leave dishes in the sink Youre mother should have taught you better. Also, pick up after yourself. The reputation of a slob is hard to discard. </li> <li> Slide 48 </li> <li> Shine your shoes </li> <li> Slide 49 </li> <li> An EMT/Paramedic should be able to trust you with his life, his wife, and his money. Violate any one of them and youre done. </li> <li> Slide 50 </li> <li> Its better to give than receive Help a co-worker out when you can, but dont expect much in return. EMS folks like most people will soon forget a favor received, until they need you again. Just enjoy the good feeling of helping others, thats why you are in the business. </li> <li> Slide 51 </li> <li> Regardless of what happens be reliable. Show up when you say you will. Work for someone when you say you will. Carry through with your commitments to others. You may get by with letting people down once or twice, but it will be no secret on the job as to your reliability. </li> <li> Slide 52 </li> <li> Pay back anything thats owed whether you owe time, money, or a favor pay it back. You will damage your character and look dishonest if you blow off a commitment or a debt. </li> <li> Slide 53 </li> <li> Practice good hygiene In EMS we all live together and there is nothing worse than living next to someone who doesnt bathe and quite frankly, smells. </li> <li> Slide 54 </li> <li> When you need help ask for it. Whether its personal or a professional dilemma you are experiencing, odds are you are working with someone who has already been there. Your officers and co-workers can be a great resource, but you have to let them know. </li> <li> Slide 55 </li> <li> Nobody likes a complainer Another good term for this in EMS is a whiner. The best way to isolate yourself and to demonstrate a flawed character is to complain about everything; the pay, the hours, the station, the food. It wont take you long to earn what you deserve if you engage in whining. </li> <li> Slide 56 </li> <li> Youre not better than anyone else As much pride as EMS has, the bottom line is, we are public servants. We work for those who live in our community. Your chest should swell with pride, but it should be pride in providing a caring and compassionate service. </li> <li> Slide 57 </li> <li> Demonstrate respect for the symbols of the department and wear your uniform with pride. Be proud of who you are and the organization you are part of. Be respectful towards any retiree, they spent a lifetime earning the publics trust that you now enjoy. </li> <li> Slide 58 </li> <li> The job of an EMT/Paramedic is important, but so are your lifelong relationships. Take care of your mate and kids and come to work ready to perform heroic deeds and undertake courageous endeavors that very few people will ever get the opportunity to experience. However, for the safety of everyone, you have to have your head in the game. </li> <li> Slide 59 </li> <li> Nobody likes a slacker When new, every job is your job unless it is assigned to someone else. You should be the first one up and the last one to sit down when there is work to be done. Doing so will gain you respect and increase your influence. </li> <li> Slide 60 </li> <li> You will be defined by the habits you practice. If you have a spare minute, do you spend the time reading the paper, working the crossword, or studying the streets. If you develop good study habits and put in the time necessary to be thoroughly knowledgeable in your job you will reap the accolades of your co-workers and supervisors. If you are known as someone who has to be pushed to study, you will be widely known for that a...</li></ul>

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