Ethics Case Study
Does Jerry’s medical training qualify him to issue this refill order? Why or Why not
If Jerry was solely a medical assistant he would not be able to refill any prescription for they have absolute no authority to do so. Medical assistants’ may take the call and write the messages and send it to the nurse but that is about where it ends because they are not permitted to authorize or even inform patients about a prescription without consent of the doctor (Irwin, Yock, & Buckhrdt, 2009)..
However, in this case Jerry is also trained in LPN, which allows him to inform the patient on the behalf of the doctor and inform the doctor of needed prescriptions. LPN performs many ...view middle of the document...
If Jerry felt that he needed to refill the patients medication and the patient ended up have an adverse reaction, the doctrine of respondent, will not protect Jerry and it can leave the opportunity for the patient (Mr. Flying dude) to look into what had gone wrong and my want to proceed in either suing Jerry or The hospital, however, Mr. Flyer cannot collect on both parties. This is why when the patient files the lawsuit, the attorney will usually name both employer and employee; the organization is the goal for they will payout more likely than the employee (pg.134 Fremgen, 2009; Pozgar, 2007).
This can result in implode Jerry’s world by most likely losing his job and maybe his license and not to mention that if Jerry’s employer is not at fault but they still are forced to pay, Jerry will get countersued for the damage that was sustained (pg.134 Fremgen, 2009).
Identify major legal and ethical issues that may affect Jerry’s decision and what advice would you give Jerry?
There are many legal issues that would happen if something like this were to happen one I had mention about Jerry had no authority to prescribe...