Gress’s position is not morally legitimate, and the ethical principles of nonmaleficence, beneficence, and autonomy render it morally wrong. Paternalism is strongly present in this situation: the patients were not asked whether or not they would like to be informed of the new information that their doctor acquired. Furthermore, Dr. Gress stated that he had “an obligation not to notify them” (Munson 328); however, doctors have a duty to tell even the unfortunate truths to their patients. What Dr. Gress decided was, “on the basis of his own values, that he knows what is best for another person” (Week 2 Ppt Slide 2). Also, he was denying the patients’ autonomy.
Feldshuh includes Douglas’s description towards the importance of the study to signify the ease of justifying a cause; however it is intentional that Doctor Douglas does not reveal the true purpose of the study to the patients. Douglas has effectively begun dehumanizing the patients, he does not think the patients as being capable of understanding the importance of the study, and the risks associated. No efforts towards discussing the study or treatment are made with the patients, and Nurse Evers by supporting the study begins compromising her oath and her position as a nurse, as indicated by her
This scene displays paternalism towards the patient. Paternalism is the best interest of the person whose autonomy is being compromised. Jason does not respect Vivian's right of not wanting to be resuscitated because he only views her as 'research'. The nurse Susie protects Vivian's paternalism by calling off any act of resuscitation. The nurse displays extreme paternalism because she is preventing harm to her patient.
Varelius argues that a patient’s autonomy that is refusing treatment should not be respected and treated anyways. To do this, he uses the subjective and objective theories of wellbeing to weigh the possible options. Accepting the subjective theory of wellbeing would take in account the patients favors and disfavors, thus a person’s good is based on her own decisions. The patient is entitled to be the one that weighs out the options of being treated or not being treated. Therefore, accepting prudential subjectivism would then commit you to respecting the patient’s decision not to be treated.
In the Baby K’s case we all had very different answers, but all agreed that death should be allowed. The one consistent thing being that Baby K did not have any mental awareness. It seemed that there was similar points made about how she had no future. In the case of the lung patient it seemed the case the Jovonnie and Justin both believed life should be prolonged because treatment either could be immediately improved or the chance of treatment improving. Jovonnie confused me at the end because she said that life should be prolonged, but at the end of the explanation said that the patient should be the one to decide and the patient is the one who wants to die.
Our EMT refusing to perform the lifesaving procedures on the gay patient goes against our obligation to help mankind unselfishly. This case is a difficult one because there is no definite way to prove a person’s sexuality, especially if the person was unconscious. Even if the EMT was certain that the individual was gay, this act breaks the code of ethics of EMT’s which states that EMT’s will “provide services based on human need… unrestricted by consideration of nationality, race, creed, color, or status.” Although the EMT may claim that protection, there should be a form of disciplinary action taken by the EMT’s overseers, especially if his refusal was at the expense of a human life that relied on his
Why There Are a Large Number of Medical Negligence Claims? A medical negligence also named formally the same as medical malpractice is a circumstances where the patient needs medical care but could not obtain it either as a result of the inaccessibility of the physician in the good time, using the wrong medication by the doctor that may contribute to disability or fatality of the patient, the physician may not make a diagnosis of the disease as it should be, the treatment furnished by the doctor has produced unfavorable effects to the patient or the treatment provided by the doctor is sub standard. Reasons that contribute to medical negligence Medical negligence comes into existence if the patient is caused harm by a physician, nurse or hospital by way of out of order
This begs the query, what has transpired to their commitment taken on oath to use their skills only for the benefit of their patients? The society’s anticipations of principled conduct from the medical practitioners have been unceasingly dropped by what looks to be a total disregard for the long-established trust that has existed between the patient and the doctor. A medical practitioner and a patient’s relationship is always a special one and technically privileged because it depends on the trust that the patient has in the practitioner’s professionalism. The medical practitioners must therefore have a primary responsibility that guides them to act in the best interest of their patients without an influence of personal consideration . There are a number of shortfalls of the Act in providing for the Board to curb medical malpractice and carrying out their obligations in Kenya.
B. Informed Consent and Truth-Telling Hippocrates advocated “concealing most things from the patient while you are attending to him…revealing nothing of the patient’s future or present condition.” This attitude would undoubtedly be troublesome today. Competent adult patients have a moral and legal right not to be subjected to medical interventions without their informed and voluntary consent, but to seeking appropriate treatment for their autonomy also. Lying or withholding information from patients can seriously undermine their ability to make informed decisions about life-altering treatments. In order to give their informed consent and exercise their right of self-determination, patients must have access to all relevant information.
Nurses should respect for individual or group legal right about health care. The main aim of the above mentioned code of conduct is to avoid ethnocentrism in the nurses as if any health care practitioners lack cultural sensitivity and feel that their beliefs, ideas and practice are the best in practice and superior to the others then this will create a hostile environment among others and dilute the Nurse-patient relationship and develop inappropriate attitude towards minorities like. At times it has been notice that some patients are reluctant to take medical help/advice due to this cultural conflict. a. Superiority/Cultural dominance: Health care Practitioner believes that their own culture and beliefs is far superior compare to minority patients and try to impose their own personal beliefs on others. b. Incapacity/Cultural blindness: Health care practitioners acknowledge the culture difference but failed to show the cultural sensitivity towards the member of subculture group so they offer standard treatment based on the dominant culture.