rule of rescue

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The perceived duty to save endangered life whenever possible
In US common law, there is no general duty to rescue (8 states have laws imposing such duties, but they are ignored by the court), unless the would-be rescuer has a special relationship with the rescuee or the would-be rescuer creates a hazardous situation that endangers the rescuee

'rule of rescue'

Medtalk The perceived duty to save endangered life whenever possible. See Coby Howard, Health care rationing. Cf Good Samaritan laws, Oregon plan.
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13) A study of ICU professionals, for example, found that there was a strong tendency to favour the rule of rescue over broader allocation policy because "clinicians perceived strong obligations to identifiable living patients.
Indeed, a study of how the media covers the issues associated with patient access to Herceptin--an expensive cancer drug--found that the "'rule of rescue' dominated" media discourse and, as a result, "[r]ational, criteria-based public health policy will find it hard to resist the rule of rescue imperative.
The Rule of Rescue in Resource Allocation for Rare Diseases" (2012) 42:1 Hastings Center Report 27 at 27.
She said: "There is a classic rule of rescue in this country - all rush to rescue the individual.