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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)

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Investigating the quality of life of prehospital care nursing professionals is relevant, as they are subjected to extreme psychological pressure and a heavy and dynamic workload, and daily meet unexpected situations at work.
This is done through the creation of the National Pre-Hospital Care Council (NPHCC) under the Department of Health that is mandated to develop internationally accepted standards for the practice of prehospital care professionals, to ensure the development of prehospital emergency-care system at the national and local level and the proper implementation of the law, and the regulation of prehospital emergency-care profession.
Wahlin, Prehospital Care of Severely Injured Trauma Patients: Studies on Management, Assessment, and Outcome, 2016.
Hinsberg, "Prospective validation of a newmodel for evaluating emergency medical services systems by in-field observation of specific time intervals in prehospital care," Annals of Emergency Medicine, vol.
International literature shows that prehospital care (4, 5), that became a policy priority in Brazil in 2004 through the expansion of the SAMU, yields important results.
Without this requisite data, those dedicated to improving prehospital care are essentially hunting for solutions while armed with suboptimal evidence.
The prehospital care includes on-site environment assessment, injury evaluation, determination of receiving hospital or trauma center, patient transit and information exchange with in-hospital teams, etc.
EMS, based in County Durham, is one of the few independent frontline ambulance providers that offer the services of highly qualified prehospital care personnel, providing medical cover for all types of events throughout the country.
Emphasis needs to be placed on every level of care--encouraging personnel to work in the discipline, improving their skill sets from prehospital care to definitive care, rehabilitation and discharge.
As evacuation becomes faster and prehospital care improves, the DOW rates will go up as more mortally injured casualties will reach the hospital alive.
"Our study calls into question the widespread assumption that advanced prehospital care improves the outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest relative to the care following the principles of basic life support, including rapid transport and basic interventions such as effective chest compressions, bag valve mask ventilation, and automated external defibrillation," the authors wrote (JAMA Intern.
As has been pointed out by a number of commentators, the factors that determine favourable outcome in this cohort are appropriate prehospital care, triage, transportation to a trauma facility, prompt assessment and appropriate emergency management.