In this case study, the nurse should be able to educate Mark about his health condition and about his treatment. Even if Mark has signed the document of refusal of treatment, the nurse should have a good duty of care towards Mark. Palliative care can assist Mark (Office of Public Advocate, n.d.). Nurses should be aware of legal issues that may impact on their profession. Nurses should consult the doctor first to take any action regarding Mark’s health such order like do not resuscitate (DNR) should not attempt to resuscitate the person.
Futility is an ancient term that was used by Hippocrates stating that physicians should “refused treatment for those who are overcome by the disease.” (Kasman, 2004). Physicians are not obligated to continue medical treatment that they deem ineffective or harmful to their patients (Kasman, 2004). Physicians must use their clinical judgment when deciding if treatments are futile. They need to clarify to family and patients between treatments that are ineffective and still provide care that benefits the patients (Kasman, 2004). The physician just doesn’t say no to treatment that they perceive futile but discuss alternatives.
Parents who want to circumcise their children should have medically accurate and right information regarding the risks, outcomes and possible health benefits of circumcision. There should be clear guidelines on the procedures of surgical circumcision techniques along with the use with of appropriate anaesthetic. Neonatal circumcision done for aesthetic reason should be discouraged. Penile cancer is very rare and it can be due to various
The focus of the primary care physician is to focus on the overall health and ensuring the patient receives the necessary medical screenings, risk assessments, provide preventative care, teach healthy lifestyle choices, provide referrals to medical specialist, and evaluate the urgency of medical problems. In the Cortez case, the physician is responsible for Paula’s medical screening and assessment, and provides a referral to a psychiatrist to address Paula’s mental health, since she has a psychiatric diagnosis and are having difficulties with adhering to her medication. Paula needs referral to a gynecologist to ensure she and the fetus are healthy and not threatened by the medications she is prescribed. The gynecologist will also provide
Many health conditions have been discovered. Through continuous learning, we will be aware how to avoid, care, and manage in that particular condition. They said that prevention through being aware can cure and stop the spread of transmission. The challenge of being a registered nurse is how to become knowledgeable and competent because we are dealing with lives of the people around us. Every single action is vital and every second should not be disregard.
Clinical pharmacists have better access and equipment to conduct therapeutic drug monitoring and determine the level of adherence to medication. f. The pharmacist is in the best position to follow-up with the patient medication by giving frequent reminders through calls or text messages especially for patients with a busy lifestyle to ensure medication adherence is
Leavitt and Leavitt (2011) claim that nurses and doctors should act without delay in case they feel that patients might be at risk. Doctors and nurses should be considerate and kind to the patients by listening and attending to all their concerns. Teamwork is an important professional value that is vital in the provision of care centered on patients. A culture that is based on learning from previous mistakes and openness is fundamental in the provision of care and ensuring that patients are satisfied. In view of that, workers in the health sector should maintain honesty with the patients they are attending
First, the Oath is not a legal document, and therefore there is no legal binding to it. Second, as Dieterle points out, it is just a “bunch of words” “without moral reasons to back them up, those words cannot dictate medical ethics or physicians duties” (2007, p. 138). Thirdly, the individual or patient, in the case of PAS, is administering the lethal medication, the physician is not. The physician also did not suggest this as an option; the patient sought out the option for him/her self. My personal view on the deontology debate is one of, yes killing is wrong, but first and foremost, the physician is not the one taking the life.
Patient safety is a vital part of our health care system; it helps define quality health care. A challenging issue is keeping our patients safe because medical errors in the workplace can and they do happen. Who is responsible for taking proper measurers to ensure patient safety? Is it the nurses, physicians, administrators, society or patients themselves? All these entities are responsible for making sure the patient has the safest possible outcome.
This ensures the proper and safe care of patients, with efficient and accurate communication the better quality care the patient will receive. Poor communication is one of the leading causes of preventable death in hospitals. Mistakes can make the nurse lose his or her credibility. Being in this field it is crucial to never create any mistakes. Documentations should always be clear to comprehend and easy to read.