Running head: ETHICAL CODE OF CONDUCT IN ACUTE-CARE HOSPITAL 1Ethical Code of Conduct in Acute-Care HospitalNameInstitution Affiliation
ETHICAL CODE OF CONDUCT IN ACUTE-CARE HOSPITAL 2Ethical Code of Conduct in Acute-Care HospitalIntroduction Today, the healthcare system involves different areas of specialty, and this has helped in delivering quality services in one way or the other. In the study conducted by Persson (2002), healthcare involves different aspects such as treatment, diagnosis as well as prevention of diseases by various healthcare professionals in various facilities. In most cases, patients usually receive healthcare services in different settings, and some of these include acute-care hospitals, long-term-care facility, surgery center, to mention but a few (Rushton & Edvardsson, 2017). More so, most of these healthcare settings have different ways of carryingout their daily activities, and they all have an ethical code of conduct as a guideline for doing things in proper ways. In this case, the ethical code of conduct in acute-care hospitals is considered to be a guideline for personal conduct while at work. Like in any other organization, a code of conduct in acute-care hospitals involves a set of behavior standards that every person, especially healthcare professionals associated with the facility must follow. In his research, Hafaiedh (2009) explains that an ethical code of conduct is very important for all healthcare professionals because following it protects both an employee and the facility from making preventable mistakes. In this perspective, all healthcare professionals including those workingin acute-care hospitals must uphold the ethical code of conduct, and this can bring integrity tothe field of healthcare. In a bid to shed light on the concept, the focus will be on the ethical code of conduct in the acute-care hospital organizations for individuals in management, support roles as well as professional healthcare workers.Brief Background of the Acute-Care Hospital In their research, Booth, Edmonds & Kendall (2009) explain that an acute care hospital is considered to be a facility that provides acute care services to various patients. In
ETHICAL CODE OF CONDUCT IN ACUTE-CARE HOSPITAL 3most cases, acute care services are usually for a short period of time whereby healthcare professionals provide diagnosis as well as treatment to their patients. More so, both surgical and medical healthcare services are usually provided by an acute care hospital. Booth et al. (2009) highlight that most acute care hospitals also provide outpatient healthcare services andthey can also offer pediatric and obstetric services. Most of these services may as well involve emergency operations, but also ambulatory services. Important to note, some of the acute care hospitals or facilities are considered to be speciality facilities since the aim at providing critical, and at the same time special services including but not limited to cardiac and children care.