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What is Medical Ethics
A systematic study of the moral principles and virtues that should direct a person's decisions and actions.
A systematic study....
What is the purpose of the code of conduct for Respiratory Therapy?
Describes appropriate and inappropriate conduct.

Better Service Clients

Violations are dealt with by professional organization and its legal board.

AARC has its own code for all RT's..they are expected to abide by it.
There are four of them.
Describe ethical policies defining professional conduct?
1.Tips and Gratuities
2.Conflicts of professional interest
3.Charts and record keeping
4.Patients right of privacy
5.Defamation of character
There are five of them.
Describe Tips and Gratuities policy under professional conduct?
Professionals are expected to forego any acceptance of gifts or tips of any kind. From patients or companies.
Describe conflicts of intrest under professional conduct.
No sale of equipment for profit.
Describe charts and record keeping under professional conduct?
1.Patients name must be on all records.
2.If an error is made, only a single 3.line should be drawn through the error.
4.Never use white-out
5.Never scribble
6.Initial all mistake
7.Always chart complete and accurate
8.Chart only what you do
9.Chart everything you do
There are nine things that need to be done.
Describe patients right of privacy under professional conduct?
Patient has a right to not be exposed to public scrutiny.

Always follow and stick to HIPPA guidelines.
Describe defamation of character under professional conduct?
Never make careless statements in regards to other patients, physicians or fellow workers to anyone....that would cause a general lowering of respect for that person.
7 Rules of professional conduct?
1.Be polite
2.Never discuss patients aliments with them.
3.Do not discuss other forms of treatment.
4.Never Never prescribe
5.Do discuss other patients or doctors with the patient.
6.Keep accurate records of patients no complying. i.e. refusing treatment.
7.Be alert to hazards.
There are 7 of them
Precautions to observe when treating patients?
1.Learn facts of your professions
2.Learn to evaulate your patients condition.
3.Preform duties with concern.
4.Be responsible for your represent the hospital and your super.
5.Understand orders before performing them.
6.Stop treatment if it is causing undesirable effects. Do not blindly follow orders.
7.Report adverse reactions and documents them and then ask for further instructions.
8.You are not authorized to render opinions or diagnoses. Do not exceed your authority.
9.Report only what you see, hear or do.
There are 9 of them.
Define Liability
With credentials comes legal liability.

Therapist must be knowledgeable of the standards of care and follow them.

Employees and employers may be held accountable legally.
Define Battery
An act of negligence causing physical harm to the patient without consent.
Define Assault
An intentional threat as perceived by the patient to do harm.
Define Libel
Written defamation of character.
Define Slander
Oral Defamation of character
Define Negligence
The omission or commission of an act which a reasonable prudent person would or would not do under the same circumstances.
List four elements needed to prove negligence?
1. Duty to use due care
2. Breach of duty
3. Injury
4. Proximate cause
List Four Common Situations Involving negligence for RT's?
1. Failure to report and document adverse changes in the patients condition.
2. Failure to follow orders.
3. Failure to operate equipment properly.
4. Carrying out incompetent orders.
List four ways to avoid legal problems:
1.Provide competent ethical care
2.Improved Communication
3.Good Documentation