Block 9 Behav Ethics Questions

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Ethics Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    A patient is admitted to the hospital for a total knee replacement. The surgeon forgets to order deep venous thrombosis prophylaxis for the patient, which is standard for all knee replacements. The surgery is a success and the patient does not develop deep venous thrombosis. Several months later the patient obtains a copy of his chart and sees the omission. He files a lawsuit against the surgeon claiming he provided sub-standard care. What is the most likely outcome of the case?
    • A. 

      The patient will prevail because the physician clearly deviated from the standard of care

    • B. 

      The physician will prevail because the patient suffered no damages

    • C. 

      The patient will prevail because the physician’s actions satisfy both elements of causation

    • D. 

      The physician will prevail because he warned the patient of the risk of deep venous thrombosis

    • E. 

      The patient will prevail because the physician is held to a higher standard of care than an ordinary person

  • 2. 
    A 7-year-old girl is brought to an urgent care clinic by her 17-year-old sister. The little girl was putting away the dishes and accidently cut her hand on a knife. The cut will require a few stiches to close. Despite multiple attempts, the older sister cannot reach her parents, who are at a charity dinner. What is the most appropriate action for the physician to take?
    • A. 

      The physician should get permission from the older sister to stitch the cut

    • B. 

      The physician should continue to try to reach the parents for consent to stitch the cut

    • C. 

      The physician should recommend that the older sister take the girl to the emergency room where they can stitch the cut without parental consent

    • D. 

      The physician should get permission from the senior physician at the clinic to stitch the cut because it is clearly in the child’s best interests

    • E. 

      The physician should get consent to stitch the cut from the girl’s grandparents, who are of legal age to consent

  • 3. 
    Your upstairs neighbor, a pleasant elderly woman, is riding up in the elevator with you one afternoon. You ask her how she has been and she tells you she’s had a terrible chest cold that has left her wheezing and short of breath. You reach your floor and as you exit the elevator tell her you hope she feels better soon. Two months later your neighbor sues you for negligent care for failing to tell you that her symptoms were indicative of lung cancer, which she was just diagnosed with.   What is the most likely outcome of the case?
    • A. 

      The woman will prevail because the physician had a duty to warn her that her symptoms suggested she had lung cancer

    • B. 

      The physician will prevail because he had no duty to the woman

    • C. 

      The physician will prevail because he is not the cause in fact of her injury

    • D. 

      The physician will prevail because the woman cannot prove damages

    • E. 

      The woman will prevail because she can show she lost the chance for a better outcome

  • 4. 
    A 26-year-old female patient with end stage renal disease decides that she is tired of being on hemodialysis and refuses to continue. She has the capacity to understand that without dialysis she will die, although she is not suicidal. As her physician, what is the best course of action?
    • A. 

      Order a psychiatric evaluation to confirm she understands what terminating dialysis means

    • B. 

      Honor her decision not to continue dialysis while ensuring she is comfortable and not in pain

    • C. 

      Refer the situation to the ethics committee for further evaluation

    • D. 

      Talk to the patient’s parents about the seriousness of the situation and leave it up to them to change her mind

    • E. 

      Refer the situation to the hospital’s legal counsel to ensure the hospital won’t be held liable for discontinuing dialysis

  • 5. 
    You are a psychiatrist in session with a patient who tells you he thinks his roommate is out to get him. The patient is mildly schizophrenic. The patient asks you if you can keep a secret and before you can answer tells you he plans to kill the roommate “when the time is right.” What is the most appropriate course of action for you to take?
    • A. 

      Attempt to discourage the patient from his plan while respecting confidentiality

    • B. 

      Inform the medical director of your practice of the situation and let him handle it

    • C. 

      Inform the patient’s roommate that he is in danger

    • D. 

      Inform the patient’s roommate and the police that the roommate is in danger

    • E. 

      Call paramedics and put the patient on a 36 hr. hold to further evaluate his mental condition and intent to carry out the threat