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Title: MEDICAL ETHICS


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MEDICAL ETHICS
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What do you think?
  • What qualities do you expect a health care
    professional to have
  • How do you want to be treated?

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QUALITIES OF A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL
  • Patience
  • Tact
  • Honesty
  • Dependable
  • Competent
  • Responsible
  • Team player
  • Communication
  • Empathy

4
How do YOU define Ethics
  • The science of human duty
  • A system of moral principles or standards that
    govern our behavior, whether true or false
  • Rules of practice in respect to a single class of
    human actions
  • Motivation based on IDEAS of right and wrong

5
The focus of Ethics is moral situations
  • Situations in which there is a CHOICE of behavior
    involving human values
  • . SO what shapes a persons VALUES????

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VALUES
  • CULTURE
  • SOCIAL
  • RELIGION
  • EXPERIENCE
  • MUCH MORE.
  • Where are your values? Alligator River Story!

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Why do we need to evaluate ethics in medicine?
  • To help us reach a sound decision and to seek
    common ground
  • while
  • Allowing for different views and cultural
    differences without having to adopt all views

8
  • In a real arena of health care, where families,
    patients, and practitioners meet, there are new
    issues constantly occurring, and there is
    unprecedented control over life and death.
    RARELY is there only one answer, RARELY is it
    comfortable, and RARELY is it enough

9
How to approach an ethical dilemma
  • Goal to avoid bringing forth a prefabricated,
    all purpose answer, one that is easy and requires
    no emotional stand
  • 1- Be aware of first impressions
  • 2- Consider others views and the arguments used
    to support them
  • 3- Keep your thinking flexible
  • 4- Express your judgment precisely and explain
    the reasoning underlying it
  • 5- Live with your decision
  • And dont second-guess yourself!!

10
Just a little advice
  • Whatever you do in life, do it with integrity.
    You are preparing for the tests of life. If you
    cheat, if you dont play fair or follow the
    rules, if you win by hurting others, then you
    have failed the test. You have won a false
    victory, a cowards victory. It is hollow and
    the rewards are cheap

11
  • What are some Ethical Issues in health care
    today?
  • Issues that do NOT have ONE correct answer
  • Issues that are based on a persons Values

12
Unethical or Ethical
  • Part of your job involves working on a computer.
    Through your computer you can access solitaire
    and several other games. Occasionally, you stop
    work to play for 10-15 min. Is this right or
    wrong?

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Unethical or Ethical
  • You have overslept one morning and arrive to work
    (school) 20 minutes late. You know your boss
    (teacher) will not tolerate lateness so you
    decide to tell him you had car trouble and got
    stuck in traffic.

14
What would you do in the following situations to
maintain legal and ethical responsibility as a
health care professional
  • A patient offers you a tip as they leave the
    hospital
  • A patient dying of cancer tells you that he has
    saved a supply of sleeping pills and intends to
    commit suicide
  • Everyone is at lunch a patient needs a pain
    pill. You are not authorized to give it, however
    the meds have been measured and is in the
    patients drawer waiting

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Put Yourself on the Line
  • Strongly Agree, agree, disagree, Strongly
    disagree
  • AIDS status should be kept strictly confidential
    in the health care setting.
  • You have the right to know if your dentist has
    AIDS.
  • Mandatory drug testing is an invasion of an
    individuals privacy at the workplace
  • Using the technology we have today couples should
    have the right to determine the sex of their
    offspring
  • All Americans should have equal access to health
    care.
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