In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:
Analyze the impact of healthcare-related policy and legislature with regard to culturally diverse healthcare consumers and providers
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Determine ethical theories and decision-making models appropriate for healthcare providers to use for providing a safe, quality healthcare experience
for the patient
Analyze the role of professional regulation, the standard of care, and codes of ethics in determining healthcare providers’ wide-ranging accountability to
self, their profession, their patients, and the public
Prompt
In this project, you will analyze a court case involving medical malpractice. Using your analysis of the case, you will address the facts pertaining to the medical
standard of care, breach of care, and causation. Further, you will use the facts from the original case to identify an ethics issue, determine an ethical theory that
would help provide a safe and quality healthcare experience for the patient, apply a clinicianpatient shared decision-making model, and augment or vary the
facts of the case to change the outcome.
You will use the following case to analyze for Final Project I:
Surgery: Iturralde v. Hilo Medical Center USA
Hawaiian jury finds doctor liable for inserting screwdriver in patients spine (Supplemental article)
Specifically, your case study must address the following critical elements:
I. Introduction:
A. Summarize the selected case, including information on the stakeholders involved, the problem, and the time period the incidentoccurred.
II. Medical Malpractice Component: In this section, you will evaluate the case to address the legal components, the malpractice policies similar to this
case, and the standard of care given to the patient and how it was breached. Then, you will draw connections to how this malpractice case impacted
stakeholders and healthcare consumers outside of the case.
A. Explain the key legal components of the case, including the nature of the issue and the rules that applied.
B. Determine relevant malpractice policies in place for addressing the issues within the case.
C. Analyze the malpractice case for the standard of care provided to the victim. Be sure to apply what the law states about standard of care to
support whether or not it was breached in the case.
D. Analyze how the malpractice case would impact healthcare consumers from different cultural backgrounds. For example, would this case have a
similar impact on a person from a culture different from the one in the case? How could this incident change the views of these healthcare
consumers toward the healthcare system?
E. Assess the malpractice case for accountability based on its severity. To what extent was the healthcare provider held accountable?
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III. Ethical Component: In this section, you will evaluate the case to identify the specific ethical issues and determine ethical theories and shared decisionmaking models that would help resolve the issue and provide a safe, quality healthcare experience. Then, you will propose and defend ethical guidelines
for healthcare providers to follow in order to avoid future incidents.
A. Describe the ethical issues that led to the malpractice case and explain why the issues are credited with causing the incident. Support your
response with research and relevant examples from the case.
B. Describe an ethical theory that would help resolve the issue and provide a safe, quality healthcare experience for the patient. Support your
response with research and relevant examples from the case.
C. Select a physicianpatient shared decision-making model and explain how it would provide a safe, quality healthcare experience for the patient
D. Propose ethical guidelines that would have helped prevent the incident and would help the organization prevent futureincidents.
E. Defend how your proposed ethical guidelines will hold healthcare providers accountable to themselves, their profession, their patients, and the
public.
II. Recommendations: In this section, you will utilize the knowledge you gained from your malpractice and ethical analyses to recommend and defend
strategies that would help improve medical practices and avoid futureliability.
A. Recommend preventative strategies the healthcare provider could implement to avoid liability in the future.
B. Defend how your recommended preventative strategies would assist the healthcare provider in avoiding liability and provide a safe, quality
healthcare experience for the patient.
Milestones
Milestone One: Malpractice Case
In Module Three, you will submit a 2- to 3-page paper. You will complete part of your analysis of the malpractice case. Using this analysis of the case, you will
address the facts pertaining to the medical standard of care, breach of care, and causation. This milestone will be graded with the Milestone One Rubric.
Milestone Two: Ethical Components of the Malpractice Case
In Module Five, you will submit 2- to 3-page paper. You will use the facts from the original case to identify an ethics issue, determine an ethical theory that
would help provide a safe and quality healthcare experience for the patient, apply a clinicianpatient shared decision-making model, and augment or vary the
facts of the case to change the outcome This milestone will be graded with the Milestone Two Rubric
Final Submission: Malpractice Case Analysis
In Module Seven, you will submit your final project. It should be a complete, polished artifact containing all of the critical elements of the final product. It should
reflect the incorporation of feedback gained throughout the course. This submission will be graded with the Final Project I Rubric.

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