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IHP 420 5-2 Final Project Milestone Two Ethical Components of the Malpractice Case.docx

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Milestone Two: Milestone Two: Ethical Components of the Malpractice Case Ethical Issues There are a number of ethical issues identified in the case of Irurralde vs. Hilo Medical Center, USA and Robert Ricketson, MD. Dr. Ricketson did not show veracity in this case. Veracity implies truthfulness and honesty in all of someone’s endeavors (Pozgar, 2020). After the implantation of the incorrect device, he made no attempts to notify Arturo of the mistake. Furthermore, there were blocks set in place that stopped the nurse from trying to notify the patient as well, such as the security guard placed outside the patient’s door following the surgery. Dr. Ricketson also violated Arturo’s freedom; because he implanted a device inside of the patient without his consent. Arturo was not free to make the decision at that point about his medical care. Although Arturo must have consented to the procedure, what he did not consent to was a surgery with the implantation of a screwdriver shaft that was not approved or intended for human use. Dr. Ricketson also did not show integrity in this case. Integrity is a concept that involves consistency in actions, expectations, methods, outcomes, and principles (Pozgar, 2020). There are a number of times that integrity was not exercised in the case; such as when Dr. Ricketson was informed there was not a final count of equipment and decided to proceed with the surgery anyway, or even after the surgery if there was an unexpected complication (such as the correct implant not being available) he did not notify the patient nor try to rectify the situation with a solution all parties were aggregable to. There was not a completed inventory count upon arrival of instruments to the facility, after sterilization, or even before the surgery was set to begin. This
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