June 24, 2014
Health care facilities are in need of individuals who are capable of decision-making without supervision. Physicians need medical assistants or licensed practical nurses to assist in daily clinical routine. Medical assistants and licensed practical nurses help physicians with patient charts and maintaining medical records. They also remind physicians of appointment times and patient prescription. The duties of medical assistants and LPNs are very complex ...view middle of the document...
In this case, Jerry should not rely on what the patient claims because Jerry does not know if the patient is truthful or not.
Jerry would most likely find himself in a big heap of trouble in case the patient experience an adverse effect because of Valium. A great advice for Jerry is to contact the doctor and not decide on something the he is not 100 percent sure about. It is best for Jerry to be safe than sorry.
Health care professionals could face a serious offense if they prescribe medication to patients and lead to harmful effects (Chandra, 2009). Jerry could be held accountable if something happened, and the patient died because of Valium. Jerry could face serious offenses such as first-degree murder or homicide. These are serious offenses and fall under medical malpractice. In an ethical standpoint, Jerry should be fully aware that he is responsible for any negative outcome that can occur from his decisions.
Valium has many side effects. Valium is a dangerous drug especially when combined with other drugs (Herzberg, 2006). In this situation, the patient should not have waited until the last minute to order his refill specially if he is going to travel. Jerry could have avoided this dilemma if the patient were diligent in keeping his prescription up to date. Decisions in health care should be carefully thought of especially in this situation. Jerry should consult with Dr. Williams immediately regarding the situation. Dr. Williams’ decision is what counts.
Licensed practical nurses help physicians with patient charts...