The Three Step Ethics Model By Kenneth Blanchard And Sarah K. B)

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Medical professionals should follow the infection control guidance in order to avoid the spread of diseases. Failure to do so, can cause serious health complications, and even, epidemics. In the case of "Jacob and the disease leg." The Orthopedic Doctor failed to comply with the infection control guidance, and that might have contributed to the infection that Jacob 's leg acquired. Jacob is a high school junior, who play football and was offered a college scholarship. Right, on his junior year, he had an injury(Compound fracture of the fibula bone) during a practice. The fracture was treated and he was sent home for recovery. At the six weeks checkup, he went to his Orthopedic Doctor to have the cast removal, the Doctor, also noticed that …show more content…
This model is advised to be used when having an ethical dilemma. The steps are; Is it legal, Is it balanced and How does it make me feel? In this case, there are two patient’s involved, Jacob and Sarah K. In Jacob’s case, it was not legal or illegal for the Doctor to wash hands, however, it is recommended. The Centers for Disease Control(CDC), provide guidance about hand hygiene, how should it be done and why. One of the reasons that healthcare providers must wash hands between patients and throughout the day, is to avoid cross contamination and infections that can be prevented by good hand washing. In this instance, the second question, is it balanced? it was not balanced, Jacob suffered the consequences of the Doctor not practicing good hand hygiene . The Doctor, if found guilty of malpractice, would pay monetary compensation, which in turn, would balance the damages suffered. In another hand, wearing gloves is a must, when manipulating mucous membrane, blood, bodily fluids or broken skin to prevent the spread of diseases. Not only to protect the patient, but also the healthcare provider. So, in this case, it was not legal for the Doctor to manipulate broken skin without …show more content…
It is very hard to do so because our society lives of lawsuits and look for a single mistake to sue a person; especially, healthcare professionals. Therefore, each professional should have a malpractice insurance, just in case is needed one day. Also, patients should be more aware and speak up when needed, Doctors are very busy and perhaps, forget to wash hands between patients or don’t realize that they are not wearing gloves. The CDC, have posters online for hospitals and clinics to download and paste them on walls, to remind healthcare professionals the need of wearing protective personal equipment and hand washing

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