Ethics in Health Care Mary Smith was admitted to Jones Memorial Hospital after being involved in an

Ethics in Health Care

Mary Smith was admitted to Jones Memorial Hospital after
being involved in an automobile accident Her injuries were not severe, but she
was admitted for observation when examination revealed possible bleeding in the
cranial cavity Upon admission, she was in a semi-stupor with impaired
reactions, possibly due to illegal drug use About six hours after admission,
she became alert and hostile She demanded to have her clothing returned and
insisted on leaving the hospital in a taxi

Based on the case analysis process outlined in this course,
please address the following points:

Step 1 ââ?¬” Identify the facts You may itemize these
in a bulleted list

Step 2 ââ?¬” Identify any legal issues that are
present, and identify the doctrines and/or duties that apply You may itemize these
in a bulleted list

Step 3 ââ?¬” In your own words, elaborate on the legal
issues that are present in the scenario, if any

Step 4 ââ?¬” Provide your answers to the following
questions, and provide your rationale:

a Does the hospital have informed consent to admit Mary?
Why or why not?

b Does the hospital have informed consent to continue
treatment? Why or why not?

c What action should the hospital take?

d What liability might the hospital face for action or
inaction?

 

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