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Code of Ethics

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Code of Ethics

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  1. Code of Ethics • All health care professionals are duty-bound to follow a strict code of ethics. This has been true since the fourth or fifth century, when the Hippocratic Oath was penned. While the code has changed with the times, the code of ethics still dictates a commitment both to patients and to other health care professionals. • Read more: Code of Ethics for Healthcare Professionals | eHow.comhttp://www.ehow.com/facts_6742510_code-ethics-healthcare-professionals.html#ixzz2CERiEWRu

  2. The Hippocratic Oath • an oath historically taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine ethically and honestly. It is widely believed to have been written either by Hippocrates, often regarded as the father of western medicine, or by one of his students.[ • http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/greek/greek_oath.html • Original version • http://guides.library.jhu.edu/content.php?pid=23699&sid=190964 • Modern Version

  3. Nightingale Pledge • This modified "Hippocratic Oath" was composed in 1893. It was called the Florence Nightingale Pledge as a token of esteem for the founder of modern nursing • The Original Pledge • I solemnly pledge myself before God and presence of this assembly;To pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully.I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug.I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling.With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.[

  4. The Code of Ethics in Healthcare Professions Healthcare professionals include both licensed and unlicensed individuals. Healthcare professionals include both licensed and unlicensed positions working as a team to meet the needs of patients. A code of conduct defines what is expected of all healthcare team members regardless of their status. By Kathryn Rateliff Barr

  5. Personal Conduct All healthcare team members are expected to extend courtesy and respect to everyone regardless of position, race, religion, gender, socio-economic standing or sexual orientation. Everyone is personally responsibility for her actions and acknowledges the contributions of others, giving credit where it is due.

  6. Professional Conduct Healthcare professionals who have access to protected medical and financial information must comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and all other laws protecting privacy rights. Licensed and certified healthcare professionals must abide by the laws governing their profession. Healthcare professionals who are involved in patient care follow standards of evidence-based care and maintain clear and concise records.

  7. Professional Conduct Cont. • A patient can expect the healthcare professionals to respect his right to consent or refuse any treatment. The patient is treated with compassion and sensitivity and his written directives such as living wills, power of attorney and other advance planning directives honored.

  8. Caregiver Rights • A licensed healthcare professional has the right to relinquish care of a patient due to conflicts of interest, professional bias or relationship, or any other issue that could compromise the care of the patient or violate the ethics or philosophical beliefs of the caregiver. This right does not generally apply to unlicensed professionals such as office staff, who are not entrusted with the care of patients.

  9. The Relationship Between Law and Medical Ethics: Case 1[3] • http://depts.washington.edu/bioethx/topics/lawc1.html • The Relationship Between Law and Medical Ethics: Case 2[3] • http://depts.washington.edu/bioethx/topics/lawc2.html

  10. What do you consider to be the most important component of this particular professional code of Ethics? • What component(s) do you disagree with? Why? • What information (language, phrasing, component of code, etc.) is unclear to you? Why?

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