Medical/Legal Issues & Professional Ethics. Rad Tech A – Week 14. The Importance of a Professional Ethic. Ethics: the systematic study of rightness and wrongness of human conduct and character as know by natural reason Professional Ethic: the ethical conduct of a profession. Definitions.
Rad Tech A – Week 14
Ethics: the systematic study of rightness and wrongness of human conduct and character as know by natural reason
Professional Ethic: the ethical conduct of a profession
6. Obtains pertinent info for physician
7. Practices in accordance with accepted standards, minimizes radiation exposure
8. Practices ethical conduct
9. Respects confidences and pt right to privacy
10. Strives to improve knowledge & skills by participating in C.E.
1. Identify the problem
2. Develop alternative solutions
3. Select the best solution
4. Defend your selection
You have just finished a routine radiologic procedure on Mrs. Green. As you develop the film, it becomes clear that Mrs. Green is probably suffering from a rare form of bone disease. Dr. Jones, a young resident, glances at the film and smiles. “I didn’t think Mrs. Green had anything to worry about,” he says. “That joint pain she was complaining about must be all in her head.” Later, you see Dr. Jones talking to Mrs. Green’s family. He is smiling and joking with them as he signs Mrs. Green’s discharge papers. Shaken, you mutter to yourself, “I think Dr. Jones misread the film.” What should you do”
1. Clinical Performance Standards
2. Quality Performance Standards
3. Professional Performance Standards
1. Type of injury did not occur except for negligence.
2. Activity was under complete control of defendant.
3. Plaintiff did not contribute to his own injury
Technologists are sometimes asked by patients if they can examine their records while in transit, waiting for a procedure or undergoing an examination. The record information should not be shred with the patient in this fashion as this may lead to misinterpretation of information.
Pt. Vega & her husband (Jehova’s Witnesses) signed a release requesting that no blood or blood products be administered to her during her hospital stay to deliver a baby. Following her delivery, she began to bleed heavily. Her doctor ordered a D&C which she agreed to but refused a blood transfusion. She continued to bleed and was eventually transferred to the ICU. Her doctors told her that she would die if she did not receive the blood transfusion. Both her and her husband continued to refuse the blood transfusion. Because her doctor and the hospital felt that it was essential for her to receive the blood, they filed a complaint requesting that the court issue an injunction that would permit the hospital to administer the blood transfusion.