Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Consent to Provide First Aid

A first aid provider must have consent (permission) from a responsive (alert) person before providing care. This consent may be given verbally or with the nod of the head (expressed consent). You should tell the person:
  • Your name
  • You have been trained in first aid
  • What you would like to do to help
When a victim is unresponsive, an adult who is not mentally competent, or a child with a life threatening condition whose parent or legal guardian is not available, first aid providers should assume implied consent. This assumes that the victim (or parent/guardian) would want care provided.

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