Midterm Assignment: You are on the Board of Ethics, representing your health care specialty, at the esteemed National Hospital and Health Care Center for Academic and Medical Excellence. The family of...

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Midterm Assignment:
You are on the Board of Ethics, representing your health care specialty, at the esteemed National Hospital and Health Care Center for Academic and Medical Excellence.
The family of a former patient has submitted a complaint to the hospital as detailed below.
Your task is to submit a professional memo to the Ethics Board to brief them on possible legal and ethical issues raised by the complaint.
Your memo should be clear and compelling, ranging between 4 - 6 pages (double spaced).

Instructions:View the complaint below.

View the Notes at the end of the assignment.

Identify and analyze the legal and ethical issues implicated by the patient letter below. Offer assessments of claim success likelihoodas well asethical recommendations.

The complaint reads as follows:

I’ve been taking my whole family to the Natonal Hospital and Health Care Center for Academic and Medical Excellence for years now! I expect nothing but the very best care, and that’s what we have always received.
That’s why I’m especially shocked at what happened last month!
My mother-in-law suffered a fall leaving her weekly bridge game. We were very concerned, so we packed her up and brought her in to the E.R. for evaluation and treatment.
While testing, they discovered that she was low on iron, something like that, and without discussing it with her or us, they were trying to insert a needle for a blood transfusion. Seems they couldn't find a vein and she was crying!
Plus - my mother is law is a very religious person -- and her religion does NOT allow her to receive blood from another person. She was appalled when they came in and hung up the blood on the stand!
Nobody asked her first! Nobody discussed it with her or us, they just got started with a blood transfusion. There was no urgency here; as a matter of fact, she was scheduled to receive alternate treatment about three days later at another facility. And the supervisor was standing right there!
I can't believe nobody asked her permission! Thank goodness she realized in time and put a stop to it just as they were inserting the needle. Boy was she mad! And so are we!
She flinched and pulled away -- and somehow she ended up falling off the bed!! So now there is severe bruising on top of everything else.
Plus -- last Thursday my daughter sent me a link to a website where two of the health care workers were messing around in a hospital room. And you can see my mother in law in the background!
What is wrong with you people??!!
In addition to all that, my brother says she never signed a contract, so we shouldn't have to pay the hospital at all.
What now? You tell me. Or, rather, you tell the Board. Anything in the fact pattern that relates to anything we've talked about in the first half of the course is fair game. You will be graded on your ability to spot relevant ethical and legal issues. Once you've spotted an area worthy of discussion, be it in civil law, privacy protections, or whatever, analyze the issue though the lens of course materials and discussions.

Grading Breakdown:

Issue Spotting: 40 points

Issue Analysis: 40 points

Conclusions/Recommendations: 20 points

Spotting an issue without analyzing it will get you partial points. Analyzing an issue without spotting it is impossible. Analysis that does not refer to a source law/code/regulation is not going to get you the grade you want.

For ethical issues, conclude how hospital employee behavior should be corrected/encouraged.

For legal issues, tell the Board how worried they should be about the complaining party's strength of claim.


You may not discuss this with other current or former class members.
It's best to limit yourself to course readings, discussions, and materials. If you use only course-related resources, no citation is necessary.
I'm not expecting you to be a lawyer. I'm testing your ability to spot problems and understand their details with competence. The legal recommendations are truly continuations of your legal issue analysis. Your ethical recommendations are a shout out to applying these ideas to the real circumstances of your daily work experience.

Answered 3 days AfterApr 06, 2022

Answer To: Midterm Assignment: You are on the Board of Ethics, representing your health care specialty, at the...

Ananya answered on Apr 09 2022
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Last Name 8
Title: Legal Memo
MEMO    3
Issue    3
Brief Answer to the Issue    3
Identifying Issues    4
Analyzing the Issues    4
Conclusion    6
Works Cited    8
    Subject: Analyzing the Complaint
The issue
is regarding the mother-in-law of the person who filed the complaint. She was rushed to the emergency room of the hospital as she fell suddenly after her bridge game. The emergency medical team found her iron level to be low and prepared for blood transfusion without a proper consent from her. Contracts of treatment procedures were also not provided to the patient on which she could agree and assign for. This made both the patient and her family angry. Moreover, to avoid pricking needle on her hand, the mother-in-law pulled herself away and again fell creating several bruises on her body. On the other hand, there is video evidence of people messing around in the hospital in front of the patient.
Brief Answer to the Issue
It is quite unfortunate that the patient and her family had to face such an issue from the hospital’s end. Our medical team always tries to provide relief to the patients as early as possible if there is a life-threatening situation. In this case, too, saving the patient was the only motive though it was ethically wrong to prick her without her consent. Being a conscious patient, the supervisor must have taken her consent first and then started the treatment procedure. The contract of treatment should also have been provided to complete the admission procedure and proper discipline is missing from the hospital premises.
Identifying Issues
Several ethical and legal issues found from the complaint are not giving the importance of patient’s rights and performing medical tasks without an informed consent. As mentioned by Martineau et al., a patient’s consents are the most important criteria on the field of research or providing any treatment. This was not maintained by the staffs, which gave rise to an ethical issue.
In this case, the ethical issue has arisen, as the mother-in-law was not informed about the blood transfusion and pricking needle on her body. Another ethical issue was the workers messing around in the hospital premises, which is strictly prohibited being an unprofessional gesture. Messing around in front of the patient is dealt under the conflict of interest giving rise to an ethical issue.
On the other hand, legal issue has also been created as the patients got bruises all over her body in the hospital premise. Besides, it could not be properly taken care of by the healthcare workers, the supervisor being present at the moment. According to World Health Organization, the safety and security of a patient...

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