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Guidance for ER physicians treating loved ones, colleagues or themselves

from HealthLeaders

When treating family members, friends, colleague or themselves, ER physicians face ethical, professional, patient welfare and liability concerns, a recent research article shows. Similar to situations arising in the treatment of VIP patients, ER physicians treating loved ones or close associates may vary their customary medical care from the standard treatment and inadvertently produce harm rather than benefit."Despite being common, this practice raises ethical concerns and concern for the welfare of both the patient and the physician," the authors of the recent article wrote in American Journal of Emergency Medicine. more

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