Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas

Question
Week One Assignment

Reading Assignment:

Chapter 1 Introduction to Ethics
Chapter 2 – Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas
Chapter 3 – Health Care Ethics Committee
Chapter 4 – End of Life Dilemmas
Assignment Questions for Week One:

Physician Changed “His” Mind – Eye Surgery?
Nonmaleficence

Ethical principle that requires caregivers to avoid causing patients harm
Medical ethics require health care providers to, “first,” do no harm
In re Conroy, 464 A.2d 303, 314 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. 1983), “the physician’s primary obligation is . . . First do no harm.”).
Helping patients die violates physician’s duty to save lives
Distinction between killing patients & allowing them to die
Discuss the ethical principles as applied to health care and listed above

Each State has its own court system that is very distinct from the Federal Court system. State courts deal with health care cases on a daily basis. If youhave never heard an argument before a court before, below is a link to the case of Michael T. Vandall, M.D., Plaintiff and Appellant v. Trinity Hospitals, a corporation, and Margaret C. Nordell, M.D., which was heard by the North Dakota Supreme Court 12/11/2003. This case involved a doctor making a claim for retaliatory discharge against a hospital and the decision can be read at Vandall v. Trinity. http://www.court.state.nd.us/_court/opinions/20030255.htm

Give a summary of what you have read here.

What did you find most interesting?

Emergency Care

Two patients in emergency department in critical condition, who gets treated first:

First patient who walks through the door
Younger patient
Patient likely to survive
Patient who can pay for services rendered
Patient with the more serious medical condition


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