Case Study Hcs
Dry. Williwaw’s office assistant Is responsible for answering the phone while the receptionist Is away from the desk for lunch.
Jerry Is the only employee In the office when he receives a call from a patient requesting a prescription for Valid be called into his pharmacy immediately, given that he will be heading to the airport in the next 30 minutes. The patient explains that Dry. Williams is a personal friend and provides Valid prior to his flight.
The health care ethical standards will be discussed in this case study and determination for the best solution to the situation will be given. Jerry has completed training as a medical assistant and a licensed practical nurse; however; he Is current position In the office Is a medical assistance and not an ALP.
Medical assistants perform basic clinical tasks while under the direct supervision of physician or other licensed medical practitioner. A medical assistant is not permitted to renew medication prescriptions to a pharmacy over the telephone (Freemen, 2009).
As a medical assistance Jerry is not authorized to call in prescriptions, and he can only perform duties within Job description of medical assistance. However, he may draft a script and forward It to Dry. Williams review, approval, and signature.
Also Jerry should not transmit the patient prescription until the physician has reviewed, approved, and executed the prescription order. Operation outside that scope could jeopardizes him as well as Dry. William.
Even if the patient had request an urgent daily high blood pressure medication, Jerry has not received any specialized training that physicians required to obtain before writing prescriptions Like high blood medication, and It Is Illegal for medical assistants to sign, authorize. Or approve prescription orders on behalf of the physician (Balsas, 012,). Medical history, side effects, drugs currently taken, allergies to medication, dosage, interactions with other medications and conditions are factors, which physicians consider before prescriptions are written.
As stated earlier Jerry is operating outside his scope of practice for a medical assistant by calling in the prescription to the pharmacy. Jerry will breach the ethical principle misfeasance. According to (Mossy, Inc. 2009,) an Improper performance of a lawful act, especially In a way that may cause damage or Injury Is misfeasance. Therefore, Jerry should never order medicine for this patient or any other patients under the doctrine of respondent superior, Dry. Williams can be held liable for the wrongful acts of his employees.
Ender agency principles, the concept of vicarious liability and the Doctrine of Respondent Superior occurs when the servant (employee) commits a tort within the scope of employment and the master (employer) Is held liable though the master may have done nothing wrong (Reagan, & Reagan, 2002,). Because Jerry has action is not within his scope of practice, he is not protected under the doctrine of respondent superior if the prescription he called into the pharmacy causes the attention to suffer an adverse reaction or injury while flying. However if Jerry action was within the scope of practice as a medical assistance than Dry.
William would be liability under the respondent superior doctrine. My advice to Jerry Is acknowledging the patient’s concern about his or her urgent but he will contact him and explain the situation.
He should also ask the patient to check the prescription label on the last order of Valid to determine if the prescription has any refills left. If so Jerry should instruct the patient to call the pharmacy to have the prescription refilled. Ethics in health care provide guidance for revisers to deliver better care as well as better communication between patients. Dry.