• Create Activities

    Create educational activities for ethical dilemmas in patient care using these presentations, case studies, and pre and post-test questions.

    Objectives

    After completing this educational activity on Patient Care, you should be able to:

    • State what role HIPAA plays in routine patient care.
    • Identify the appropriate time to discuss an error/complication with your patient
    • List at least 3 Rules of the Code of Ethics that pertain directly to patient care

    Pre and Post-Test Questions

    1. Appropriate means of transmitting patient photos include:
    a. Texting the photos
    b. Faxing the photos
    c. Emailing the photos
    d. All the above.
    e. All the above if encrypted
    f. None of the above. There are no restrictions on the use or disclosure of fully de-identified health information.

    2. During cataract surgery, a crack develops in the IOL implant. The problem is immediately recognized, but not disclosed to the patient. What should you do?
    a. Do not tell the patient unless he/she later complains about visual acuity.
    b. Tell the patient as soon as possible after the surgery that you will replace the lens if the patient finds postoperative vision unsatisfactory.
    c. Tell the patients as soon as possible after the surgery and engage him/her in appropriate methods to manage the
    situation.

    3. A post-cataract surgery patient complains at each postop visit that her vision is not as promised, that she’s having a slow recovery because of CME, she says you “botched” her surgery, and “screwed up” her eyes. Her complaints are becoming threatening sounding. What should you do?
    a. End the physician-patient relationship and promise 30-days of continuing care until she finds another ophthalmologist.
    b. Refer the patient for a second opinion with a promise to stay involved in her care if she wishes.
    c. Either of the above.

    See also: Code of Ethics – Patient Care