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1Ethical Components of the Malpractice CaseFinal Project Milestone Two: Ethical Components of the Malpractice CaseMartha JimenezSouthern New Hampshire UniversityIHP 420 Ethical & Legal ConsiderationDr. Rocio MartinezJune 7, 2020
2Ethical Components of the Malpractice CaseFinal Project Milestone Two: Ethical Components of the Malpractice CasePhysicians and nurses are recognized as protectors and advocates of the wellbeing, safety,and health of patients. Those who choose the career of a nurse or physician are expected to adhere to certain morals and ethical guidelines. The code of ethics guides how nurses and physicians should conduct themselves ethically and reminds them of their commitment to their patients. In the case of Iturralde v. Hilo Medical center, the code of ethics was followed by nurse Feldmeyer but violated by Dr. Ricketson. Dr. Ricketson violated the principle, “A physician shallbe dedicated to providing competent medical care, with compassion and respect for human dignity and rights.” (Jon, 2002) because he implanted a device that was not meant for human use instead of waiting for the correct titanium rod. Although Nurse Feldmeyer did not receive support from her supervisors, she upheld provision 2 of the code of ethics, “The nurse promotes, advocates for and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient...When errors or near misses occur, nurses must follow institutional guidelines in reporting such events to the appropriate authority and must ensure responsible disclosure of errors to patients” (Hegge, 2015). Nurse Feldmeyer proved herself as a patient advocate by speaking out against something unsafe; when it was not addressed by Dr. Ricketson, she informed the family herself.

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