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Reflection: Ethics and Law Introduction In the clinical practice of health professionals, the legal and ethical standards of the practice are a significant part of their lives and their overall activity processes. These standards are there in order to provide a clear and detailed process which would legitimize their actions, as well as protect their decisions in the practice.
It shall consider ethical and legal support for this nurse’s actions, reflecting on the possible future actions which can also be applied. Body Gibbs Reflective Cycle Description A 70-year old patient was admitted to the casualty department after a road traffic accident. He sustained severe injuries which required blood transfusion, but has refused to give his consent to such treatment due to his religious beliefs. He is fully aware that his life is at risk and he needs the blood transfusion if he were to survive. He drifted in and out of consciousness several times during his confinement. His family arrived and agreed that he needs the blood transfusion; however, he still refused such intervention. The nurses have tried to convince him, but he still could not be refused. Another nurse commented to the patient’s relatives that he did not see why they were making a big fuss about his refusal when the patient was old and would probably not have much longer to live anyway. Feelings I felt helpless in this case because I wanted very much to assist the patient in recovering and I felt helpless about our inability to perform a simple and routine procedure which would make a significant impact on the patient’s outcomes. ...
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