Existence of legal duty: Whenever a layman approaches a person who possess certain skill, or knowledge, the other party is then under an implied legal duty to act in such a manner so as to protect that person to his greatest effort and extent. The medical profession is one such section of society on which such a duty has been imposed in the strictest sense. Every time a patient visits a doctor for his ailments he does not enter into any written contract for care, but there is an implied contract and any lack of proper care can make the erring doctor liable for breach of professional duty. And if the doctor is incompetent to perform his duty it accounts for
MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE “No doctor knows everything. There 's a reason why it 's called "practising" medicine.” - Anonymous. To err is human. Though patients see the doctors as God and believe that their disease will be cured and they will be healed by the treatment but sometimes even the doctors makes mistakes which can cost a lot to the patients in many ways. Sometimes the mistakes are so dangerous that a patient has to suffer immensely.
One of the most significant current discussions in legal and moral philosophy is whether a person who has no will to live can be allowed to die by the doctors, who know that the enormous cost of time, expense and professional effort spent on them is a waste. Similarly, in this essay, Living Will, by Danielle Ofri, the author describes her own dilemma as to whether she should be allowing patients who have no will to live to die or she should try to motivate them to live. Although it is true that, many of the patients may appear to be having no will to live at all, the author describes how deep inside they may actually be having a hope and willingness to continue to live. This paper will focus on the term ‘living will’, which is a term which can be interpreted in different ways. In fact, there are two meanings to the title of this essay ‘Living Will’, first of which means the will to live more based on hope and the second is the will written during the lifetime wanting not to live anymore due to lack of any motivation due to many diseases.
Kass-Bartelmes & Hughes (2003) identified the lack of communication between the patients, family members, and healthcare providers. Information given was too complicated to understand which in turn causes confusion about treatments available. Similarly, different research expressed the need for early discussion when the patients are still healthy although the doctors may find it difficult and uncomfortable initiating the conversation leading to missed opportunities. However, it can instil hope if it is carried out delicately (Ng,
Moral Distress: In 1984, Andrew Jameton defined “moral distress” as a phenomenon in which one knows the right action to take, but is constrained from taking it.1There are many causes of moral distress causes and how it is manifested and it can lead to low morale among staff and in some instances can cause employees to quit their job or change their careers. Moral distress has been identified among nearly all healthcare professionals, but most studies have focused on nursing, as it was first recognized among nurses. Moral distress occurs when the healthcare professional comes across a situation where they are forced to choose between what the healthcare provider is best for the patient, but that conflicts with the healthcare organization, the
2013 thought DTC prescription drug ads weakened doctor-patient relationships. convinced that an advertised drug will solve their problems often mistrust a doctor’s advice if the doctor suggests an alternate solution. Another, some patients are convinced that an advertised drug will solve their problems. “It’s not the drugs that make a drug addict, it’s the need to escape reality.” 25% of patients responded with that they
Why doctors make mistakes The reasons doctors make mistakes is such a controversial topic, All humans make mistakes but why are doctors being asked when they do? The reason doctors are questioned is because their mistakes have some much bigger consequences than laymans’. It 's people who work in life-oriented professions whom their actions have a broader impact. Another reason that explains asking such question is how doctors are perceived by the society, our angle of view put a huge pressure on their shoulders, as they 're seen as a machines aren 't allowed to make mistakes. While the truth is different.
n Malaysia, 2 465 727 patients were admitted to the hospital in 2015. Most of this patient will experiencing transition to primary care after they were discharge from the hospital. Previous studies had been showed that poor transitional care might cause harm to the patient especially for those who are vulnerable such as elderly or people who have special needs. Position statement issued by the American Geriatrics Society in 2003 described transitional care as a set of action designed to ensure the coordination and continuity of health care as patient transfer between different level of care. His study also suggested that many patients did not receive optimal transitional care due to urgent and unplanned transition especially due to high loads
Mistakes made by healthcare workers might bring very serious problems for the patients. According to a report by Royal College of Physicians, overworked doctors or healthcare workers poses greater threat to the patients. They might subscribe wrong medications or write a wrong report regarding the patients they are examining due to fatigue. Drug shortages, labelling mistakes, inadequate monitoring, also due to people errors. Even small errors can lead to bigger problems for the patients.
Furthermore, safe and quality of care relies on timely decision making by nurses and their previous encounters of critical situations. To focus on patient safety and value someone’s life, novice nurses should not be assigned to critical care areas because they lack clinical decision making abilities and commit multiple errors while