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Legal and Ethics

TermDefinition
ethics set of principles dealing with what is morally wrong or right
principles of ethics save lives, promote health, pt. comfort, respect right to die, maintain confidentiality, loyalty, sincere, honest, caring, and treat everyone equally
bias, discrimination, and prejudice there is no place fort what in health care
immoral practices refrain from
advance directives legal documents that allow individuals to share what medical tx they want if they are unable to ask for it at the time
living wills states what measures should or should not be taken to prolong life if pt is terminal
dnr do not resuscitate
poa durable power of attorney, representative of the pt who makes decisions when the pt is unable to
ethical dilemmas caused by modern medicine
three parts of a contract offer, acceptance, consideration
implied contract understood without verbally expressed terms
expressed contract stated in clear terms either orally or written
legal disabilities minors, mentally incompetent people, unconscious people, under the influence of drugs that alter the mental state
information exempt from confidentiality by law births, deaths, abuse, std's, and contagious illnesses
health care provider owns the pt health records
pt rights all information, confidentiality, and a copy of all health records if wished upon
Created by: hortar