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Medico-legal liability in critical care 

Medico-legal liability in critical care
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Medico-legal liability in critical care
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Michael A. Rie

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199600830.003.0027
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date: 24 February 2020

The Oxford Textbook of Critical Care is an English language international text that recognizes the English Common Law as the foundation of contemporary judicial precedents governing obligations and responsibilities within the patient–doctor relationship. Although medical ethics and their recognition are generally known, Common Law interpretation of resource consumption and entitlement limits to critical care services has varied widely. Case examples of enduring professional negligence are offered. While legal systems may have differing origins, the imbalance between resource allocation and lawful definition of entitlement limitations requires further clarity within the law. Preserving professional integrity requires active public education and professional group dialogue with governments and the courts. Such patient advocacy will both preserve the rule of law and patient trust in all critical care professionals.

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