Cases may involve conflicts between the family and clinicians, confusion over the decision-making process, moral distress, or all these factors and more. Still, no ethics consult may ever happen. Sometimes, it is because clinicians have no idea ethics services exist at the organization.
The Department of Justice announced recently that it is suing Charleston (WV) Area Medical Center and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, WV, for unlawfully agreeing to allocate territories for the marketing of healthcare services, a move that DOJ says deprived consumers of the benefits of access to important information about competing healthcare providers.
After receiving treatment at a hospital for an infection of his heel bone, a young boy was discharged with instructions for his mother to administer antibiotics several times a day for the next three weeks.