Ethics Case Study
October 17, 2011
All medical facilities are responsible for given the best treatment as possible to their patients. This may include having the ability to react the correct way in a determinate situation, always thinking in the patient and the organization’s benefit. In medical field there many precautions that must be taken in order to prevent a real problem, such as malpractice and law suit cases. For this reason is good to apply “think before act” because it all starts having a good base of ethical decision. A good example of a similar situation is when a doctor’s assistant named Jerry was asked by a regular patient to call in a prescription refill for Valium, an antidepressant medication. Patient explained that he needs it right away because he is leaving to the airport in thirty minutes. He claims to be a close friend of Dr. Williams and that he always gives him a small supply of Valium when he has to fly. Although Jerry has medical training, the problem is that he is not licensed and for this reason he is not qualified to call in any prescriptions. The history will be different if he was certified as a medical assistant or an LPN, if this will be the cases it will ok for him to call in for an authorized refill or prescription under the doctor’s supervision. At this point the only thing that is in Jerry’s hand is to check the patient’s chart to see if the medication (in this case Valium) is documented as an active order. If the patient requests a different medication or to make any changes such as dosage or quantity, the prescription or changes will have to be approve and call in by the physician. If the medication the patient requested was for the control of high blood pressure that the patient critically needs on a daily basis, he will not be authorized to call it in unless is directly advised to by the doctor. What about if the patient presents an adverse reaction while flying? If he decides to call in the...
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