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Review for Final Exa

Med law & Ethics

TermDefinition
statute of limitations the period of time that a patient has to file a lawsuit
standard of care ordinary skill and care that practitioners use
scope of practice the activities a healthcare professional is allowed to perform as indicated in their licensure, certification, or training
risk management a practice to minimize the incidence of problem behavior that might lead to injury for employee or patient
respondeat superior the employer is responsible for the actions or inactions of its employees
Prudent Person Rule the healthcare professional must provide information that a reasonable, prudent person would expect about their condition
Good Samaritan Laws state laws that help protect healthcare professionals and citizens from liability while giving emergency care
discovery rule states that the statute of limitations begins to run at the time the injury is discovered or when the patient knows of the injury
bonding type of insurance that covers employees who handle financial statements, records, and cash
other potentially infectious material semen, vaginal secretions, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures, to name a few
abuse questionable practices inconsistent with medical or business practices (not intentional)
Office of Inspector General Investigates fraud in federal programs
bloodborne pathogens disease-producing microorganisms transmitted by means of blood and body fluids containing blood
vital statistics major events in a person's life, such as live births, deaths, marriages
Food and Drug Administration enforces drug sales and distribution
Drug Enforcement Administration enforces the Controlled Substances Act of 1970
coroner a public health officer who holds an investigation if a person's death is from an unknown or violent cause
autopsy a postmortem examination of organs and tissues to determine the cause of death
dereliction neglect, as in neglect of duties
the four D's of negligence duty, dereliction, direct cause, damages
punitive damages a monetary award by a court to a person who has been harmed in a malicious and willful way, meant to punish the offender
nonfeasance the failure to perform an action when it is necessary
nominal charges a slight or token payment awarded by the court
negligence an unintentional action that occurs when a person either performs or fails to perform an action that a "reasonable person" would or would not have performed in a similar situation
misfeasance the improper performance of an otherwise proper or lawful act
malpractice professional misconduct or demonstration of an inreasonable lack of skill with the result of injury,loss or damage to the patient
malfeasance performing an illegal act
fraud the deliberate concealment of the facts from another person for unlawful or unfair gain
feasance doing an act or performing a duty
damages any injuries caused by the defendant, usually a monetary award is given as compensation
Compensatory damages court-awarded payment to make up for loss of income and pain and suffering
Created by: Kirkster