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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 19(4); 2008 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2008;19(4): 366-371.
A Study on a current Legal Foundations for Emergency Medical Service in Public Facilities
Jung Hwan Ahn, Ho Jung Kim, Mi Seon Kim, Jong Khil Lee, Dae Wook Lee, Joon Pil Cho
1Department of Emergency Medicine, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea. lovelydr@schbc.ac.kr
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Bucheon Hospital of Soonchunhyang University, Bucheon, Korea.
3Department of Emergency Medical Technology, Gwangju Health College, Gwangju, Korea.
4Daegu District Court of Supreme Court of Korea, Daegu, Korea.
Our country has seen a rapid increase in economic growth, national land development and planning. As a consequence, cities were enlarged and became densely populated. Public facilities were also increased to adequately serve the increasing population. Within the past 10 years, a lot of accidents in public facilities have occurred but the legal foundations for emergency medical care and systems for these public facilities may be lacking.
From the current domestic laws, we defined the public facilities and the enrolled laws that govern these facilities. Adequacy of the enrolled laws were then analyzed using 7 reference points: education for all employees, education for security employees, education for customers, arrangement of medical persons, arrangement of security person, equipment for emergency care and penalty.
There were 17 enrolled laws and only 'Juvenile Activity Promotion Act' fulfilled most of the reference points except for 2; the arrangement of medical persons and penalty. Fifteen of the enrolled laws fulfilled less than 3 reference points.
In the current domestic laws governing public facilities, almost all of them practically lacked policies addressing emergency care and systems.
Key words: Public facilities, Jurisprudence, Emergency medical services
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