When providing health care, there are standards of care which a reasonably prudent provider should follow. Providers at all levels are held to these standards of care. Failure to provide competent care to your patients will put you at risk for malpractice. Remaining current with the evidenced-based guidelines and providing optimal care will minimize the risk of liability.
explain any legal implications that exist for failure to adhere to a standard of care, the key elements of malpractice, and compare the differences in malpractice policy options.
addresse the following:
Identify and explain any legal implications that exist for failure to adhere to a standard of care
Identify and explain the key elements of malpractice
Compare the differences in malpractice policy options
References - All references should be less than 5 years old
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2016). National Guideline Clearinghouse. Retrieved from http://www.guidelines.gov
Watson, E. (2014). Nursing Malpractice: Costs, Trends and Issues. Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting, 25(1), 26-31.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Standards of Care
All the medical practitioners in their profession are guided by certain guidelines on how they should administer care to the patients. These guidelines form the basis of how a physician should act; what they should do or they are not supposed to do. In any case, these guidelines are deviated from by the physician, they call for legal implications.
Legal implication comes into place if the doctor fails to meet the standards of care that are acceptable. It is negligence that can lead to harming a patient. If this happens, in a negligence lawsuit, the medical practitioner will