Teenagers dating parental consent necessary
The issue of providing care and/or the patient's right to refuse care becomes a complex circumstance EMS providers must address.
In the prehospital situation the issue at hand is not usually providing care but rather the failure to treat.
reveals—and those teens may not get necessary vaccinations because there’s no parent or guardian present to give consent.
Additionally in § 9.41 it permits peace and police officers to 'direct the removal of any person to a hospital who is conducting himself in such a manner which is likely to result in serious harm to himself or others'.
Other governmental agencies, such as law enforcement, mental health or corrections, may have legal definitions for individuals under eighteen that describe specific rights or responsibilities.
EMS agencies are advised to work with hospital administrators, local law enforcement agencies, school administrators and community youth group leaders to develop policies and procedures to best serve the medical needs of minors in time of an emergency.
There are alternatives to EMS and hospitals for custody and supervision of minors.