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Does anyone have knowledge of legislation that provides legal protection to prehospital crews that transport trauma victims to trauma hospitals despite wishes to the contrary by family? Scenario: Prehospital crew responds to trauma victim (MVC rollover, unrestrained, positive loss of consciousness, possible hemothorax, varied other minor injuries. Hemodynamically unstable, GCS = 13.) Family on scene requests crew take patient to small, community hospital, while paramedics feel the patient should be at regional trauma center. Transport times are nearly equal. Despite efforts to explain the need for trauma center capabilities, family does not agree to decision. 1. Where does the patient go? 2. Should the EMS crew take to trauma center? 3. Legal ramifications for either decision? 4. Anyone have state regulations that cover the gluteus maximus of the medics IF they were to transport to the trauma center (what is to prevent a "kidnapping/false imprisonment" charges?) Any/all input is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jeff Brosius, Paramedic, etc. Atlanta, GA email@example.com