Tag Archive for ‘medical ethics’

Victims of violence

Victims of violence: An ethical conflict between patient rights and institutional policy

A case study involving a patient who sustained a gunshot wound by an unknown assailant examines what happens when institutional and individual ethics collide.

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To protect and serve: The ethical dilemma of allowing police access to trauma patients

The surgeon’s responsibilities when treating a patient who is remanded to police custody are discussed including a case study that highlights ethical factors to consider regarding law enforcement access to a patient.

First-place essay—Con: The writing is on the (Facebook) wall: The threat posed by social media

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.1 —Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Social media, the hallmark of Web 2.0, refers to virtual Internet communities where user-generated content (photos, videos, […]

Sharing clinical photographs: Patient rights, professional ethics, and institutional responsibilities

This article describes best practices for sharing clinical photographs and includes a case study highlighting real-world patient privacy concerns, security issues related to mobile device usage, and other ethical considerations.

Changing the surgical culture, one apple at a time

“In health care, the culture of intimidation is often perpetuated down the chain, as that same intimidated individual turns around and bullies a resident or medical student,” observes the author of this month’s column. Although the surgical profession has begun to address disruptive behavior over the past decade, there is still a demonstrated need for continued improvement at medical institutions throughout the country.


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