Medical Error, Malpractice and Complications: A Moral Geography
Zientek, David M
HEC forum : an interdisciplinary journal on hospitals' ethical and legal issues 2010 Jun; 22(2): 145-57
This essay reviews and defines avoidable medical error, malpractice and complication. The relevant ethical principles pertaining to unanticipated medical outcomes are identified. In light of these principles I critically review the moral culpability of the agents in each circumstance and the resulting obligations to patients, their families, and the health care system in general. While I touch on some legal implications, a full discussion of legal obligations and liability issues is beyond the scope of this paper.
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