Williams first would be a malpractice lawsuit if something was to go wrong with the caller taking the medication. If the patient passed away from complications of taking the refill then that opens the door for a wrongful death lawsuit. Jerry could lose his license as well as Dr. Williams if Jerry calls in the refill and the patient has an adverse reaction. When it comes to problem solving for this situation, Jerry just need to weigh out the pros and cons of him calling in the refill without consulting Dr. Williams. He needs to think about what is best for the practice, for Dr. Williams, and what’s best for Jerry and his job.
The routine practice of physician-assisted suicide raises serious ethical and other concerns (Snyder, 2004). According to ACP-ASIM, legalization of physician assisted suicide would undermine the patient–physician relationship and the trust necessary to sustain it. It would alter the medical profession's role in society and endanger the value our society places on life; especially on the lives of disabled, incompetent, and vulnerable individuals. The Hippocratic Oath is one of the oldest binding documents in history. Its principles are held sacred by doctors, “Treat the sick to the best of one's ability, preserve patient privacy, and teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation” (Hippocratic Oath, n.d.).
If the consent is not given by a patient the practice, physician, or the healthcare worker can be held liable in a lawsuit. It is also important to show empathy and compassion to a patient to make them feel that they are welcomed. A healthcare worker should also know when to draw the line with a patient to avoid any kind of harassment issues or to make the patient feel uncomfortable. In any healthcare facility a patient’s need for care should be the main priority, and the healthcare worker should make sure that the priority is met. It has also been shown in the Medical Law and Ethics course that it is a must that all healthcare workers know and understand the legal
An example of blurring of professional boundaries could be a oncology nurse working along side an oncologist and caring for cancer patients day in and day out. As patients suffer and die the nurse and oncologist may lean on oneanother for support through the myriad emotions that come with long term treatment and loss of life of the patients and emotionsl distress of the patients’ family members. If the nurse and oncologist don’t observe professional boundaries they may allow their emotions to become personal in nature. It is imperative for professionals to realize that we as healthcare providers may experience the same emotions of sadness and loss due to the loss of a patient but under no circumstances should this be the foundation for a personal
Many disagree with it but I personally believe it should be up to the patient and his/her doctor to decide what is best for their life. I would say it would be considered as ethical egoism. I don’t agree with physician-assisted-suicide being illegal. I understand that someone’s death affects many people but I do believe that at the end it should be the patient’s choice. If I were terminally ill, I would not want to suffer just to suffer.
RTT Task 2 Establishing a root cause analysis (RCA) especially in a healthcare situation is a fundamental step to avoid future cases of patient negligence as noted with the unfortunate death of Mr. B. The step leads to proper problem solving and identifying faults especially in training and skills transfer amongst health practitioners. However, in consideration of causative factors that lead to a sentinel event such as a patient’s outcome, there are issues worth revisiting. First, it is imperative to describe the problem or define the event through the inclusion of quantitative and qualitative attributes. In the given case study, for instance, future provision of moderate sedation and additional backup must remain a mandatory exercise.
On the other hand opponents of assisted suicide do not believe this is the only way to secure a good health alternative. Opponents believe that it is important to make a patient feel comfortable and help them improve their quality of life not end life just because it is an option or that they may feel they are a burden to loved ones. Assisted suicide can be performed by a physician or a person who is willing to help a patient end their life. This paper will focus on physician assisted suicide (PAS), this has been a controversial issue in many countries and have many different opinions on the ethics behind assisted suicide. To further examine the data the utilitarian ethics approach will be used.
Quality Health Care in a Modern World Stephanie Jordan HCA 304 Instructor: Kori Novak October 15, 2011 Quality health care in today’s world consists of more than just a doctor or a nurse providing care to a patient; it is the combination of technology, management, training and the human aspect. The legal issues of providing the best health care are important because they involve not only protecting the patient but insuring that processes are put into place to change problem issues into stronger policies to protect the patient. Ethical issues come into play when a patient’s rights are violated or services are refused because of ability to pay. How do we build a strong community of health care? The first step is the role of the health
Whereas by definition, paternalism restricts a person’s right to autonomy, and takes another person’s autonomous right away and makes decision on their behalf, even if it is contrary to the wishes of the patient (Beauchamp and Childress 2001). Paternalism with Mrs Jones was not the case, yet with regards to safeguarding her from further harm justice, beneficence and non-malfeasance would have been insuring long term interest. To be deemed competent professionals work within trust guidelines and trust protocols and must treat patients fairly, without discriminating against them; ensuring that the patient is able to make autonomous decisions regarding their own care (NMC
Doctors who lack proper training or those who have impairment problems tend to believe that their patients are honest about issues concerning prescriptions. These may include certain issues such as losing prescriptions, or early refills. This, however, only happens when the doctor fails to identify a drug abuse problem in the patient. Another ethical dilemma in the same field occurs when doctors do not disclose full patient history in the medical file of the patient. This may cause other doctors to prescribe the wrong drug thus putting the life of the patient at risk, either due to possible