VIP treatment. Ethical dilemma for paper? - page 2

I have to do a paper on an ethical dilemma for my BSN program. It seems lots of students are doing end of life care and patient autonomy. I want to do something different and maybe a little newer. ... Read More

  1. Visit  tokebi profile page
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    I don't know if you already decided against it, metfan. But I thought your topic was really interesting and relevant.
    Looking at the problem in terms of ethical principles (autonomy, veracity, beneficence,...), it clearly violates the principle of justice -- fair distribution of resources. "What is fair distribution?" is of course a huge topic to discuss. If I were to write this, I would start by laying out what I believe is the fair distribution for a given hospital -- its mission statement could come into this, and describe how VIP situation violates justice and cause ethical dilemma. It would be really interesting to ask the question, "Does a large donation warrant preferental treatment at the expense of other patients, or should all patients receive treatment soley based on the necessity of their medical condition?"
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  3. Visit  wanderlust99 profile page
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    In my experiences working at various hospitals, the VIPs were treated the exact same in regards to their care as anyone else. Care in the sense of their medical treatment plan. The only difference was they usually had a better room, and were made to feel more comfortable - like with visits from a patient relations worker, or etc... One hospital I worked at would send a package with a blanket with the hospital name on it, and maybe a gift basket with snacks. The family may have an area for them with snacks and even wine to use, instead of the waiting room.

    Cedars Sinai in LA had a "VIP floor". It was larger rooms, many with a living room type area with a couch and a full bathroom similar to what a hotel bathroom would look like. It was used for celebrities or for the entitled patient and or family who felt they deserved something.

    I never really have paid much attention to the title...they really do get the same care, which is often just as subpar and disorganized as all the other patients in the hospital. They are just made to believe they are important, so they will donate some money, if they feel like it. Maybe they feel special this way? I sure wouldn't donate 10K to some lousy hospital for a couple blankets and a bigger room.
  4. Visit  wooh profile page
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    I think it would be very interesting. You'll probably have to be creative with your research though. "VIP treatment" probably won't have a ton of studies, so you'll have to get creative with your search terms. I'd advise getting with a librarian at your school. People forget what a tremendous resource librarians are for finding information.
    dudette10 likes this.
  5. Visit  NutmeggeRN profile page
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    I agree with asystole......you need to be able to work your way through the whole analysis of the situation and there are many steps/questions in the process. To do a thorough breakdown, you need to have a variety of literature and you may be lacking that. I did mine on sterilization of a person who is developmentally delayed.
    Good Luck!
  6. Visit  Good Morning, Gil profile page
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    VIP treatment is definitely a good topic for a paper, but not so sure it fits into the ethical dilemma category as it's not an ethical dilemma. VIP treatment is considered wrong by all, but it is done nonetheless for obvious reasons

    The standard of care is to provide high quality of care to all patients, not better care to Mr Lotsofdough because he donated 3 hospital wings. I give the same level of care to all patients, the kind of care I would want for my family. Mr Lotsofdough gets the same care as Mr Livesonstreet in the room next door. Lame names I came up with, I know lol, but you get the idea.

    Another ethical dilemma: Minors making medical decisions for themselves, when a minor's decision contrasts with their parent's wishes. As in chemotherapy, end of life issues, or Jehovah's witness blood transfusion issues, when a child needs one emergently, but religion says no.
  7. Visit  Good Morning, Gil profile page
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    I respectfully disagree with a PP. Preferential treatment is unethical because by the very definition, you are giving lesser treatment to another patient. Preferential treatment implies that person is getting extra attention, extra something that other patients are not getting. Of course, it is impossible to spend the same amount of time in every patient's room, but every patient should be getting the same high quality care, and no one should get anything extra just because they are a VIP or complain every other minute.

    If you're going to give preferential treatment to that person, then you should give the same level of extra attention to the rest of your patients. And, if you can't do that, which you won't be able to, then the VIP patient will survive, and maybe learn an important lesson: the other patients' comfort and lives are as important as theirs.
    blondy2061h likes this.
  8. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
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    At a place I worked, VIP patients would have a room held for them and come right back, regardless of what their triage level was and what else was in the waiting room. This was in an emergency department that was often packed and rarely quiet.

    I think it's a good topic. Maybe you'll have to work more to make literature support your topic rather than have a stack of papers to point at and say "what they said," but I don't see that as a reason to avoid the topic.
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  9. Visit  nopainNurse profile page
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    What about something around the fact that we know people in lower economic situations typically have poorer health (lots of stats about this) and typically receive poorer care. The poorer care in hospital may be a bit harder to pull out of the literature, but there is some literature that talks about poor pain management in the lower socioeconomic status group. It isn't really about VIP stuff, but kind of the opposite, that non medical/ clinical things seem to some how influence the level of care patients receive.
  10. Visit  AnonRNC profile page
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    You could build an ethical arguement around the idea that special treatment of a VIP may be justified if it results in a monetary donation that improves care for others. For example, take good care of Mr. Special Pants and he'll fund the building of a children's cancer center. Depending on how your assignment is structured, you may not need literature to back you. When I took ethics, we only had to apply the principles to our scenarios.
  11. Visit  kakamegamama profile page
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    I haven't read through all the posts & if you have posted your final decision, so I may be redundant.....remember to first look at what the definition of an ethical dilemma is and go from there. Good luck!
  12. Visit  amoLucia profile page
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    Quote from nopainNurse
    What about something around the fact that we know people in lower economic situations typically have poorer health (lots of stats about this) and typically receive poorer care. The poorer care in hospital may be a bit harder to pull out of the literature, but there is some literature that talks about poor pain management in the lower socioeconomic status group. It isn't really about VIP stuff, but kind of the opposite, that non medical/ clinical things seem to some how influence the level of care patients receive.
    I believe there's also info in the literature about those in lower SES receiving less routine diagnostic testing than others. Might be an easier topic to research in that there is some existing info out there already. Good luck.
  13. Visit  BlueDevil,DNP profile page
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    I guess it is as good a topic as any. I've seen it a lot. Sometimes I didn't like it. :shrug: It isn't going away. Friday I was the recipient of it, and I have to say, I didn't mind it so much then, lol. I needed a MRCP and I had a limted window of time (my lunch break to be exact). I'm a provider with the company, so they bumped someone and squeezed me in. "Fair?" No. Sometimes who you know offers a few perks. The next patient got their study, they just waited an extra 45 minutes. It wasn't emergent, no one died. They watched Oprah reruns in the lobby or played on their cell phone or whatever for a few more minutes. They didn't know why they were waiting, I'm sure they would have been TO'd. I'm sure I'd have been TO'd if I knew the reason I waited so long at the auto dealer to get my oil changed this morning was if (hypothetically) the owner's kid skipped me in line, lol. But that stuff happens sometimes. It's the way of the world. Health care in this country is about as far from egalitarian as it can get. That seems to be the way many/most (?) Americans want it. I don't know why anyone cries foul when it gets pointed out quite obviously that that is they way it is.
  14. Visit  canned_bread profile page
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    If your paper requires resources, I don't think your topic is really good. When I had an "open-topic" paper like yours, I would think of what would have the most resources, articles, studies etc on it.


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