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Legal responsibilities

  • Introduction

  • Criminal law

  • Civil law

  • Tort

  • Malpractice

  • Negligence

Legal Responsibilities


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  • States have set rules and regulations patient

  • Most health care agencies have specific rules, regulations, and standards

  • Standards vary from state to state and agency to agency

  • Health care worker must know all legalities of what is expected of them




Ethical dilemmas

Ethical Dilemmas


Ethical dilemmas continued

  • Transplant decisions patient

  • Legal issues and marijuana

  • Animals and research

  • Genetic research

  • Cloning

  • Stem cell research

Ethical Dilemmas(continued)

Basic rules of ethics

  • Save lives and promote health patient

  • Patient comfort

  • Respect the patient’s right to die peacefully and with dignity

  • Treat all patients equally

  • Provide the best care possible

Basic Rules of Ethics


Basic rules of ethics continued

  • Maintain competent skills and knowledge patient

  • Respect rules of confidentiality

  • Refrain from immoral, unethical, and illegal practices

  • Show loyalty to patients, co-workers, and employers

  • Be sincere, honest, and caring

Basic Rules of Ethics(continued)



Patients rights

Patients’ Rights

Advance directives for health care

Advance Directives for Health Care


Advance directives for health care continued

  • Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) patient

  • Health care workers must be aware of the act and honor it

  • Health care workers should give serious consideration to preparing their own advance directives

Advance Directives for Health Care(continued)



Professional standards

  • Perform only those procedures for which patient’s safety, privacy, and well-being, and provide quality careyou have been trained and are legally permitted to do

  • Use approved, correct methods while performing any procedure

  • Obtain correct authorization before performing any procedure

Professional Standards


Professional standards continued

  • Identify the patient patient’s safety, privacy, and well-being, and provide quality care

  • Obtain patient’s consent

  • Observe safety precautions

  • Keep all information confidential

  • Think before you speak and watch everything you say

  • Treat all patients equally

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  • Accept no tips or bribes for care you provide patient’s safety, privacy, and well-being, and provide quality care

  • If an error or a mistake occurs, report it immediately to your supervisor

  • Behave professionally in dress, language, manners, and actions

  • Always carry liability insurance

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  • Know the legal and ethical implications patient’s safety, privacy, and well-being, and provide quality carefor your particular health care career

  • Ask questions

  • Request written policies

  • Contact your state board of health or education to obtain all the current regulations and guidelines



Summary continued

  • Follow basic standards listed patient’s safety, privacy, and well-being, and provide quality care

  • Protect yourself, your employer, and your patient for whom you provide all the necessary health care