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Doctors, nurses, and other health care providers train for years, often in very difficult circumstances, to learn and practice their professions. Is it fair to subject them to litigation? Should they be granted some kind of qualified immunity from mistakes?
I would like to see a well-reasoned, resourceful discussion and debate so please do not wait until the deadline to engage. I’d like to see some contrary opinions if you have them. Respond to at least two other classmates’ posts and don’t be afraid to disagree. When everyone thinks alike, nobody thinks much at all!
Read the following in:
Furrow Abridged Text:
Ch 5: Liability of Healthcare Professionals, Standard of Care, Damages (155-167)
CH 6: Liability of Health Care Institutions (207-243)
Additional Reading: Moffet, The Standard of Care: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3088386/
Basic Treatise on Medical Negligence: https://legaldictionary.net/medical-malpractice/
Medical Errors: Monograph from the British Medical Journal: http://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i2139
Clinical Guidelines from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: https://www.guideline.gov/ (this page will acquaint the student with the breadth and complexity of clinical guidelines in actual practice; open one of the icons, such as cardiology, and scan the guidelines.