In the extreme case, does that mean that if a car with 4 belted occupants crashes into a motorcycle and throws the rider, you have to stick around on scene with the biker dying in the back of your ambulance while a second unit shows up to handle refusals lest you "abandon" the uninjured patients? Or is that ambulance allowed to go as long as there's a second one en route to handle the refusals?If they were involved in the incident that provoked the call for service in any way, legally they are then OUR patients. In this litigious society, yes, anyone who you make physical contact with gets a refusal signed if they don't want to go. If you do not do this, you've just committed abandonment of your patient.
Well, your duty is to stil check their B/P and vitals. Check head, neck,etc.
If they refuse treatment or a ride get an AMA never know when a call will bite ya back in the butt. Remember CYA!
As far as someone here mentioned a second unit to respond to get refusals, that reminds me of something a year or so back. I heard on our dispatch channel an off duty EMT requesting an ambulance to respond to an accident they came across where nobody was hurt...they wished a unit to come to scene to get refusal forms signed. Is it me, or does this seem a little absurd? I mean, if I roll up on an accident off duty, and everyone says they're fine, I don't think I need to call an ambulance to come to scene for the purpose of getting them to refuse services that they know up front they didn't want.