"Is there a doctor on board?" - legal aspects of medical care in emergency situations during spare time

Lindner, Christina; Lindner, Gregor; Exadaktylos, Aristomenis (2013). "Is there a doctor on board?" - legal aspects of medical care in emergency situations during spare time. Praxis - schweizerische Rundschau für Medizin, 102(25), pp. 1543-1547. Huber 10.1024/1661-8157/a001517

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Medical emergencies on international flights are not uncommon. In these situations the question often arises whether physicians are obliged to render first aid and whether omission leads to legal consequences. The general obligation to aid those in need applies to everyone, not only to physicians. Evading this duty makes liable to prosecution for omittance of defence of a third person in line with Art. 128 of the Swiss Penal Code, punishable by custodial sentence up to three years or an equivalent punitive fine. Vocational and professional law extend the duty to aid for physicians to urgent cases. Although resulting from the performance of a legal obligation, malpractice occurred in the course of first aid can lead to claims for compensation - even from foreign patients, and that according to their own domestic law.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > University Emergency Center

UniBE Contributor:

Exadaktylos, Aristomenis

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1661-8157

Publisher:

Huber

Language:

English

Submitter:

Romana Saredi

Date Deposited:

13 Jun 2014 17:01

Last Modified:

20 Feb 2015 05:01

Publisher DOI:

10.1024/1661-8157/a001517

PubMed ID:

24326050

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Berufspflichten, Erste Hilfe im internationalen Flugverkeh,r Strafrecht, allgemeine Hilfeleistungspflicht

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.48668

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/48668

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