Emergency Response Principles and Procedures *
Traumatic situations are a particularly sensitive time. Due to the nature of this work, we ask that all providers refrain from solicitation of any kind of their practice outside of the free session they are providing to clients. This includes but is not limited to: giving out business cards for follow up visits in which patients will pay, soliciting for events in which patients will pay to attend, or in any other way soliciting business that is not provided completely free of charge.
Equal Access to Care
No person should be denied access to services. If a person is coming for care during a disaster relief effort, we are to assume they are in need in some way. Unless it be for a medically necessary reason, care will not be denied to any person. In the event that care must be denied, the provider should, to the best of their ability, try to find another more appropriate provider for that person to be seen by.
All providers should identify the nearest medical emergency operations team in case of emergency. Should emergency medical care become necessary, the provider should call for help and operate under the scope of their license until appropriate medical help arrives.
Code of Conduct
Providers shall operate with the highest code of professional conduct in all situations.
License and Certification:
All providers shall operate under the scope of their license, certification, and within the parameters of their malpractice insurance. The provider recognizes that it is their personal responsibility to provide such coverage and to make sure that it is valid in the conditions in which they are providing care. The provider releases all organizers of liability should there be a claim made against them by a patient.
Drugs and Alcohol Policy
Drugs and alcohol are strictly prohibited at all locations where we are providing care. Any provider who does not adhere to this policy will be asked not to return.
Providers shall agree to adhere to the highest level of confidentiality in treating clients. This extends to any photos taken during the process of volunteering services. Pictures shall only be allowed with written consent from clients before a picture is taken.
Hygiene and Infection Control
All providers shall agree to maintain hygiene and sanitation of both themselves and their equipment. This includes using hand washing or hand sanitizing procedures, as well as changing linens or wiping down tables between patients. If a provider hears of a patient with vomiting or diarrhea in one of the shelter locations, it is best to escort them immediately to the nearest shelter medical station and sanitize all they came into contact with. Infectious disease is at much larger risk of spreading due to close proximity and shared space.
Do you agree to all of the above?
RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY *
Please read carefully! This is a legal document that affects your legal rights! For the purposes of this agreement Integrative Healers Action Network (Hereafter “IHAN”) refers to all Team Members and Organizers of this relief effort. Volunteer refers to the individual volunteering with IHAN and the Volunteer’s parent or guardian if the volunteer is less than 18 years of age. The Volunteer named above desires to work as a volunteer for IHAN, an organization who is in process of becoming a Nonprofit, and engage in the activities related to being a volunteer. These may include traveling into hazardous conditions, constructing, rehabilitating, or deconstructing buildings, working in the IHAN offices or Restores, the administration of aid, or living in housing provided for volunteers of IHAN. Health care providers must have a current license in the state you are volunteering in to practice. The Volunteer freely, voluntarily, and without duress executes this Release under the following terms: RELEASE AND WAIVER: The Volunteer releases and forever discharges and holds harmless IHAN and its successors and assigns from any and all liability or claims that the Volunteer (or the Volunteer’s heirs or assigns) may have against IHAN with respect to any bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death, or property damage that may result from Volunteer’s activities with IHAN or its organizers.
THE VOLUNTEER UNDERSTANDS AND ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE CLAIMS BEING RELEASED HEREIN INCLUDE, WITHOUT LIMITATION, CLAIMS, IF ANY, BASED ON OR IN ANYWAY RELATED TO THE NEGLIGENCE OR GROSS NEGLIGENCE OF EMERGENCY RELIEF TEAM OR ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTOR, EMPLOYEES, OR AGENTS.
The Volunteer also understands that IHAN or its organizers does not assume any responsibility for or obligation to provide financial assistance or other assistance, including but not limited to medical, health, or disability insurance in the event of injury or illness. The Volunteer releases and forever discharges IHAN and its organizers from any claim whatsoever which arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first aid, treatment, or service rendered in collection with the Volunteer’s activities with IHAN. ASSUMPTION OF RISK: The Volunteer understands that activities may be hazardous to the volunteer, including but not limited to, construction, deconstruction and rehabilitation of residential housing and traveling through dangerous weather or ground conditions. The Volunteer expressly and specifically assume the risk of injury or harm in these activities. Insurance: Each volunteer is expected and encouraged to obtain his or her own medical or health insurance coverage. Photographic Release: Volunteer grants and conveys to IHAN all right, title, and interest in any and all photographic images and video or audio recordings made by IHAN during the Volunteer’s activities with IHAN, including, but not limited to, any royalties, proceeds, or other benefits derived from such photographs or recordings. Volunteer expressly agrees that this Release and Waiver of Liability is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of California. Furthermore, Volunteer expressly agrees that if any one or more of the provisions contained in this Release and Waiver of Liability are held to be invalid, the invalidity of such clause or provision shall not otherwise affect the remaining provisions of this Waiver and Release of Liability, which shall otherwise continue to be enforceable.
Do you agree to the above?