Medical Ethics. Daniel Chase, MD. Overview. What is medical ethics? What are the generally accepted principles of medical ethics? How have medical ethics developed to the form we know today? What are codes of medical ethics, and which ones do we follow? . Defining our Terms.
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Daniel Chase, MD
Sense of Responsibility
Attitudes, for example, Toward ScienceMorality is our personal, subjective sense of right & wrong. Its sources include:
Ethical theories somewhatdiscourage such sliding around. They force us to moresystematically define the assumptions that underlie our decisions about of what is the right action to take in a given situation.
“That’s the way it’s
- System of values common to the medical profession.
- Systematic application of values concerning the practice of medicine.
- Standards of behaviour by which the physician may evaluate his/her relationships with patients, colleagues and society.
- Scope of medical ethics includes:
development of ethical codes and guidelines
promotion of ethical practice
prevention of ethical breaches
recognition of ethical dilemmas
resolution of ethical conflicts
Oaths & Pledges
The LawResolution of Ethical Dilemmas
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AMA’s Code of Medical Ethics
- Capital punishment
• Starting intravenous lines for lethal injection drug
• Determining death during execution
• Administering the lethal drug
• Supervising personnel who give the lethal drug
• Ordering lethal drugs for the prison pharmacy
• Maintaining or inspecting lethal injection devices
• Monitoring vital signs during execution
• Selecting injection sites for lethal drugs