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Running head: MORAL DILEMMAS AND ETHICAL DECISIONS1Moral Dilemmas and Ethical DecisionsBrandy GarnerCapella UniversityPolicy, Law, Ethics and RegulationsBSN-FP4006March 2019
MORAL DILEMMAS AND ETHICAL DECISIONS2Moral Dilemmas and Ethical DecisionsGood Day colleagues, today we are gathered to discuss the recent events at a neighboringhospital and the media attention they garnered during a recent disaster event. The incident in question involved an industrial accident that caused multiple patients to need emergency medicalhelp. I am not fully aware of all the details that created the community outrage concerning the emergency triage of two patients injured in the event. I do know that both patients presented withsimilar injuries; however, one patient was active in the community and was covered by medical insurance. The other patient was on the other end of the spectrum and part of a vulnerable population with no health coverage and a criminal record that had been treated in the emergency department on several occasions. Today I will discuss how such an event would be treated in our hospital and how healthcare professional should treat all patients seeking medical help in our facilities. We will review the healthcare polices and procedures related to triaging patients inside the emergency department. We will discuss EMTALA and how it protects uninsured individuals needing medical care in our facility. We will finally address the moral and ethical challenges healthcare workers face when triaging patients and factors that may influence their decisions during the triage procedures. Healthcare Policies and Triaging Emergency Patients In our emergency department, the nursing staff is responsible for triaging patients on a severity index in which patients will be assessed and treated based on the severity of the presenting symptoms. Meaning this a patient presenting with chest pain or respiratory distress will be treated before a patient presenting with “flu like” symptoms. This approach has been

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