When a patient does not fully comprehend a procedure, how can we as nurses expect them to readily agree to medical interventions blindly? We have to respect their rights as our patients and also be sure we do right by them and help them understand better and maybe patients would be less apprehensive to undergo a possibly lifesaving medical
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Were there more deaths related to not following the Moderation Sedation policy? No additional deaths were found related to Moderate Sedation because the plan has worked. If additional deaths were found we would evaluate charts of patients who had a procedure done at bedside to see if the Moderate Sedation policy was followed. If not follow up would be needed to see why it was not followed, which would include speaking with the physician and nurse at bedside who performed the procedure. Not following the policy was it do to lack of understanding, if so additional education would be needed.
A doctor may have to operate even in the absence of consent, to save the life of the patient. It is possible that even with such an intervention, the patient may not survive. Assuming that the doctor is competent and has exercised due care and diligence, the doctor cannot be held responsible for a patient's death, as the doctor has acted in good faith and in the best interest of the patient. Maintaining a good Doctor patient relationship often works better than the best informed consent! The informed consent issue as discussed is very much driven not by the medical procedure or research being done or what could arise from it.
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Informed consent is defined as the knowledgeable and voluntary agreement given by a patient. Informed consent protects patient autonomy and endorses trust between the medical community and the patient. If a patient knows that they are lied to, or not told the entire truth, the patient will lose confidence in the medical community as a whole (Eval, 2011). If this non-education does happen, then the patient will not be able to make choices about the end of their life, medially or financially (Piper, nd). Personal integrity is gained when informed consent is used, as the person is making their own choices, not having their family or others make choices on their behalf, when the patient is excluded for the education of the disease (Eval, 2011).
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