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The ethics topic contains news, strategies and expert-written articles for EMTs, AEMTs, paramedics and EMS leaders on the importance of understanding ethics, acting ethically as a caregiver, ethical decision making as a field provider or leader, the consequences of unethical decisions and actions, and how to lead ethically.

Ensuring equitable treatment for all communities begins with understanding how unintentional racism can produce racist outcomes in EMS
Additional training can help providers who want to do right by patients involved in hospice and end-of-life care
While not a legal requirement like for police officers, firefighters and paramedics may witness inappropriate behavior in the field that necessitates intervention
Two Catskill EMS employees have resigned after a doorbell video showed their treatment of a patient who had fallen inside an ambulance
A group of EMS advocates are working to enact a passage of reforms called “Rescue EMS” that would make EMS an “essential” service under the law
The man will serve two years for sexually assaulting two patients while working for AMR
Paramedic Bambi Dame was determined unfit for duty after Northwestern Medical Center staff reported signs of impairment
The investigation reported that the firefighters violated multiple rules, including failing to follow a memo about refusal of treatment and transport
The two got into an argument over how to handle an unconscious patient
The Rialto firefighters maintained they were strictly adhering to COVID protocols in the 2021 incident
Tampa Firefighter Andrew Dixon was at the center of allegations of racism in the department last year
Centerton Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Brown stated he administered the drug to a patient after the fire chief noticed a 10 mg vial was missing
Colorado Springs Paramedic Nicholas Fisher tackled Dizmang and placed him in a headlock
Devvan Farina allegedly broke into the homes of patients he knew had been transported to a hospital
The medical director for the Middletown Division of Fire stated the paramedics “breached the standard of care and the breach caused” the death
EMS personnel reportedly called Rochester police to have the man removed after he assaulted a crewmember
Former Acadian Ambulance Paramedic Samrat Mukherjee was indicted for claiming to be a licensed medical doctor
Springfield EMT Peggy Finley had a $60K bond refunded due to recent legislation
Authorities received a tip that two Banner Wyoming Medical Center employees bragged about stealing mementos during the Alcova Marina fire
Area Ambulance paramedic Stefany Glassmeyer completed a hospital errand first before responding to the call
Luis Carrillo Jr. faces up to four years in prison after being caught taking an investigator’s wallet while inside an ambulance
Mass. Attorney General Andrea Campbell’s office announced a settlement between MedStar Ambulance, Inc. and MassHealth
Falck paramedic Nicholas Adam Conniry is being held without bail and faces 7 years in prison
A second lawsuit in San Mateo County has led to additional allegations of sexual assault and a culture of drug and alcohol use
Springfield EMT Peggy Finley faces murder charges related to “compressional and positional asphyxia” of a patient
Firefighter Sylus McKenzie was arraigned on two counts of grand larceny, identity theft, criminal impersonation and official misconduct
A Muncie fire captain engaged recruits in scheme to text test questions and answers for the National Registry EMT exam
“I am not willing to give our health for him,” Sacramento Firefighter Timothy John Keyes wrote on Facebook, according to a disciplinary letter
The NREMT and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security are investigating Muncie Fire Department staffers