DIS 3

Topic 1 Because of the pain medication, Gladys Gwynn may not be able to speak for herself. Since she has no relatives to help, is it appropriate for Dr. Johnstone to make the decision about surgery for her? Under the circumstances, is it possible that when Gladys moved into Sunny Meadows they had her sign a Health Care Power of Attorney to someone at the facility?

Topic 2 Because the accident happened when Sheri Smith was helping Mrs. Gwynn, do you think Sheri should be held responsible for the accident? Given that Sheri is an employee of Sunny Meadows, should that facility be held responsible?

Topic 3 The recovery time for internal fixation surgery is shorter than that following a total hip replacement. The surgery is also less expensive and has a less strenuous recovery period; however, Mrs. Gwynn probably will not be able to walk again. Given the patient’s condition, and the limited dollars available for health care, which procedure should be performed?

Topic 4 Would you have answered Question 3 differently if Mrs. Gwynn were your mother?

ESSAY

After visiting the Media Links for this chapter, complete this assignment by writing a 2 to 3 paragraph essay about something you learned from one or more of the web sites. Enter the essay in the submission box and submit it.

http://orthopedics.about.com/mlibrary.htm

http://www.arthritis.org/

 

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