Code of Ethical Conduct
The Paramedics of Ottawa strive to deliver the highest
quality of pre-hospital medical care. As
leaders in the advancement of our profession, we attempt to gain autonomy
through self-regulation by promoting public awareness, research and continuing
medical education. Paramedics are dedicated to preservation of the public
health, and must perform their duties under a standard of professional behavior
while adhering to the highest principles of ethical conduct. We endeavor to
guard the public interest by adhering to the following rules of practice.
Paramedics, in the fulfillment of their
professional duties, shall:
paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public.
delegated medical acts only in areas of their certification and competence.
for each patient as confidant, and avoid deceptive acts.
themselves honorably, responsibly, ethically, and lawfully so as to enhance the
honor, reputation and usefulness of the profession.
promote and engage in public awareness programs so as to protect the public
ourselves with educational institutions for the purpose of enhancing our
knowledge base through research and continuing medical education.
Paramedic shall, hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the
Preserve and protect life or the quality of life, promote good health and
alleviate pain and suffering in whatever form that may be present.
While caring for a patient, regard responsibility to that patient first and
foremost and deliver treatment accordingly.
Ensure that medical care be equal and accessible to all people.
shall, perform delegated medical acts only in areas of their certification and
Provide care based on human need, and deliver such care without
prejudice, with compassion and respect for human dignity and rights. Performing
skills to the highest level of their training.
certification according to provincial legislation based on appropriate level of
training and relevant service and base hospital policies.
that continuing medical education requirements are completed in an appropriate
and timely manner to provide maximum benefit from new skills to the public.
shall, act for each patient as confidant and avoid deceptive acts.
confidentiality for every patient of any information collected during contact
with that patient in accordance with Provincial confidentiality legislation.
objective and truthful, include all relevant and pertinent information in all
reports, written or verbal, as it pertains to the assessment, care and treatment
of every patient.
shall not falsify or misrepresent their qualifications or scope of practice in
any way, no matter what the intent.
shall, conduct themselves honorably, responsibly, ethically and lawfully so as
to enhance the honor, reputation and usefulness of the profession.
Perform his/her duties in a responsible manner and adhere to all local
and federal laws pertaining to human rights and codes of ethical behavior.
Shall accept personal responsibility for their actions.
Maintain the trust and confidence of the public through high standards of
professional practice, conduct, competence and professional mannerism and
any and all professional knowledge, skills and equipment, including all
federally controlled Pharmaceuticals that may reflect poorly on the profession
should they be misplaced for any reason.
shall, Encourage, promote and engage in public awareness programs so as to
protect the public interest.
the responsibility to participate in activities that directly contribute to the
improvement of the community which they serve and to the betterment of the
to expand and extend public knowledge and appreciation of the paramedic
profession, its history and all of its achievements.
shall, affiliate ourselves with educational institutions for the purpose of
enhancing our knowledge base through research and continuing medical education.
to study, commit ourselves to medical education and make relevant information
accessible to colleagues and the public. Seek advice when required and use the
talents of other health professionals when indicated.
the evolution of College and University programs to enhance the quality of
graduating Paramedics and ensure that the nature and scope of medical training
and certification will continue to grow.
to work in collaboration with Base Hospital programs and the MOHLTC with the
support of the public and the CMA to gain autonomy through self-regulation under
the Health Care Professionals Act.
The Professional Paramedic Association of Ottawa employs the use of "Roberts Rules" at all meetings. If
you would like to learn more about
Robert's Rules please
visit the official website (found on our "Links" page).
specific to the use of Robert's Rules at PPAO meetings is coming soon. The
rest of this section is currently under construction.