Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Guidelines
On May 30, 2016, Bill C14 was passed in Parliament to permit certain medical practitioners to provide medical assistance in dying (MAID).
The Bill C14 amendments to the Criminal Code do not specifically address the involvement of paramedics in the MAID process. As such, a role for paramedic professionals (and any rights with respect to freedom of conscience and religion - conscientious objection), has not been explicitly articulated.
We have recently become aware that paramedics are being called to assist with MAID patients, both directly (i.e.: intravenous starts) and/or indirectly (transportation). Individuals aiding Physicians and Nurse Practitioners to provide a person with MAID must ensure that their actions are in accordance with s. 241.2 and s. 227(2) of the Criminal Code.
The below guidelines are provided to paramedics in the event they encounter a MAID situation.
Medical Assistance in Dying Guidelines for Paramedic Practitioners »