Surgical Technology

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This article highlights the need for Surgical Technologists to understand the ethical and legal issues in their day to day activities. Professionalism when working in any area of a surgery department must be maintained no matter what the situation. Ethical and legal issues arise daily, so it is necessary to understand and apply certain concepts in order to properly evaluate a given situation and make appropriate decisions leading to performance that will render the highest quality patient care possible. Professional behavior in this regard is crucial for any health care worker. In order to apply these concepts you first need to understand ways to evaluate the issues. How is ethics defined? According to the Ethics Center for Engineering and Research, ethics means being concerned with what is right or wrong, good or bad, fair or unfair, responsible or irresponsible, obligatory or permissible, praiseworthy or blameworthy. (Online Ethics Center for Engineering, 2006) It is associated with guilt, shame, indignation, resentment, empathy, compassion, and care. It is being interested in character as well as conduct. This article presents two ways to evaluate potential ethical questions: First is the utilitarianism system. This system concerns itself with determining the greater good and what decision will be beneficial to the most people. The second system presented is the deontological system. Under this system, a worker would look at the needs of the individual and determine the best course of action for the patient themselves. There is no suggestion that these two methods should conflict. In fact, quite often, what is best for a patient is often what is best for society as a whole. The problem arises in the instances where these two methods conflict. In these cases, a worker must apply the concept of prudency. This is the idea that a similar person would make the same decision under the same circumstances. After presenting the general...
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