7 Running Head FINAL PROJECT MALPRACTICE CASE ANALYSIS All medical facilities

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Running Head: FINAL PROJECT: MALPRACTICE CASE ANALYSIS All medical facilities that perform surgery should have a system of checks and balances to ensure that all proper equipment needed for surgery is present prior to the patient entering the operating room. Guidelines based on ethics need to be enforces to help reduce the chances of a malpractice suit. It is so important that what is written on the signed consent is what is followed. If something is done other than what is on the signed consent, it is the duty of the performing physician to make the patient aware. It should be the ethical duty of the staff present in the operating room to make sure that the patient is aware of anything that did or did not happen while they were having surgery. If these guidelines were followed at Hilo Medical Center and by Dr. Ricketson, Arturo Iturralde may still be alive today. Dr. Ricketson should have practiced the duty of care assigned to him by following the consultative processes for informed decision-making. Obtaining the proper consent and discussing the plan of care prior to performing any medical procedures make the physician responsible and liable for following that plan. It is so important that everything discussed be documented and signed by both parties on a written consent. Following this procedure gives the patient piece of mind that their wishes are being followed and it helps to cover the physician and protect their medical license. It is also important that the staff feel comfortable reporting physicians that are not following proper standard of care or signed consents. Routine safety meeting should be held where patient and staff safety is reviewed. Quality health care parameters are set by the ethical guidelines. These proposed guidelines direct all medical professionals into strict medical procedures that adhere to the set standards. For example, the duty of care encourages accountability by the healthcare provider and professionalism within the healthcare field. Therefore, ethical guidelines help to define the healthcare system, the institutions and professionalism of the medical professionals. 8
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  • Ethics, Health care provider, Medical malpractice, Rosalinda Iturralde, Dr. Robert Ricketson

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