Medical Technology Ethical Issues

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Roughly 136.3 visits to the emergency room happen yearly. 2.1 million Of these visit are people in critical condition. In the article “Medical Technology and Ethical Issues” by William E. Thompson and Joseph V. Hickey talks about a computer system that is now used in emergency rooms across the country. The article provides strong evidence for both sides on how this system is useful and reasons why we shouldn’t rely on this system also. In the world we live with today, I think it is scary that some places are relying on a system results and not the doctor’s opinion. In the article “Medical Technology and Ethical Issues” by William E. Thompson and Joseph V. Hickey talks about a computer program that is called the RIP that is used all over the country emergency rooms. This program is helping doctors make more informed decisions on how to take care of a patient…show more content…
For example, the hospitals use a program called the R.I.P. This program is set up so the doctors can plug in the patients vital signs and the program will use that information and give the medical providers the chances of survival. I feel that it’s a doctor’s responsibility to help save the person life even if they have 1% chance of living. As a patient, I would not want a computer system make a decision regarding my life. There are also human errors in this system. It is possible wrong information could be plugged into the system. I believe morals and norms also play a huge part in this also. As patients we expect the doctors and every medical providers to never lose hope and that we beat the odds and survive when we only have a 10% of living. I think the system is a great use for assistance but shouldn’t make the final decision on a person’s life. The system provides the doctors with different treatment options. This program would be great for a guide for the doctors but the medical provider should make the final
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