Many posts on this blog suggest that people believe there is a duty of care to avoid every foreseeable risk.   Finding that a risk is foreseeable is an essential first step in establishing if anyone has a duty to take steps to avoid that risk, but it is not the sole criteria.  It can be acceptable to ‘run’ a risk, and we all take risks all the time.  The concept of ‘dignity of risk’ was discussed in PBU & NJE v Mental Health Tribunal [2018] VSC 564 which, in turn, was discussed in my post Victorian decision on refusing medical treatment – reviewing the principles (November 24, 2018).

Russell Kennedy Lawyers have produced an Aged Care Video Alert: Dignity of Risk.  Related to the aged care sector rather than the pre-hospital care there are clear overlaps.  The video discusses duty of care without giving any clear guidance on how that may be managed in particular circumstances (ie they say it may arise but now what practitioners should do about it).  Subject to that limitation (and what could they do in 2 minutes 33 seconds) the video may be of interest to readers of this blog.