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It must be different in Canada. I heard a story of an Advanced Care Paramedic who performed ET intubation on someone when he was working volunteer with St John Ambulance(volunteer first aid).It's not so black & white. If I had a patient that needed a cric and I, the off-duty medic did one, I would expect that two things would happen if it was done 100% correctly:
There are 3 different processes in play: Criminal, Civil, and Regulatory. Good Sam laws cover the first two... Knowing what you're authorized to do while off-duty will help keep you from having problems with the third.
- I would expect to not be prosecuted thanks to Good Sam laws. Depending upon the state involved, I might also expect to not be sued successfully for the same reason.
- I would also expect to lose my local accreditation if I'm not explicitly authorized ALS skills off duty, and possibly my License as well, if I'm not authorized to do ALS "stuff" off duty.