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Duty to Act: Maintaining Compassion and Safety

Recent events have drawn attention to misconduct by law enforcement and improper use of various restraint mechanisms. This dynamic and thought-provoking session will discuss the legal liability and the untoward medical effects of physical and chemical restraints. Join legal and clinical experts as they address the challenging “dual role” of the EMS practitioner in ensuring both patient and bystander safety while also remaining an ardent patient advocate when dealing with difficult patients or persons in custody.

Watch the discussion to explore questions such as:

  • Dealing with increased stress and an overworked staff – how do you manage?
  • What are the most appropriate and common uses of chemical restraints and how do you administer and monitor?
  • What are EMS’ legal, moral and professional duties to act? How do you do that with both compassion and safety for all – even difficult patients?

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Steve Wirth Headshot STEVE WIRTH ESQ, EMT-P

Steve Wirth is a founding member of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth and counsels ambulance services and EMS agencies across the country in a wide range of medical transportation, reimbursement, compliance, labor and employment, and corporate law issues. He has over 40 years of experience as an EMT, paramedic, flight paramedic, EMS instructor, fire officer, and EMS administrator.




Walt A Stoy Headshot WALT A. STOY, PHD, EMT-P

Walt Stoy is a professor and the founding director of the Emergency Medicine Program in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.







Scott Bourn PhD, RN, Paramedic, FACHE is an experienced clinician, educator, researcher and clinical practice leader in the EMS, ED, and ICU settings.  His research, writing, and lecture topics focus on defining, measuring, and improving patient outcomes and experience.

Dr. Bourn serves as the Vice President of Clinical Quality & Impact at Securisyn Medical, Senior Quality Consultant and Research Chair at ESO, and Co-Director of the NAEMSP Quality & Safety Course.

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