Legal and Ethical Issues in Emergency Medicine

Legal and Ethical Issues in Emergency Medicine

Eileen F. Baker

Print publication date: Jun 2020

ISBN: 9780190066420

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

Part of the “What Do I Do Now?: Emergency Medicine” series, Legal and Ethical Issues in Emergency Medicine uses a case-based approach to cover common and important topics in the legal and ethical dilemmas that surface in the practice of emergency medicine. Each unique case draws upon the four well-established principles of bioethics: beneficence, non-maleficence, respect for autonomy, and justice. Other ethical principles, such as honesty and personal integrity, are also addressed. Chapters are rounded out by key points to remember and selected references for further reading. Legal and Ethical Issues in Emergency Medicine addresses a wide range of topics including HIPPA and confidentiality, advance directives, suicidal patients, refusal of care, expert witness testimony, and more. This book is an engaging collection of thought-provoking cases which clinicians can utilize when they encounter difficult situations in the emergency department. The volume is also a self-assessment tool that tests the reader’s ability to answer the question, “What do I do now?”

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