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A Doctor's Mistaken Judgement
|Title||A Doctor's Mistaken Judgement|
|Publication Type||Case Study|
|Year of Publication||1995|
|Corporate Authors||of Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute Technology|
|Publisher||Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology|
|Keywords||MEDICINE , professional responsibility|
While treating an aged patient in a nursing home, Dr. Gerald Einaugler mistook a dialysis catheter in the patient's abdomen for a feeding tube, and ordered feeding solution pumped through it. Six days later the patient was dead. In 1993 Dr. Einaugler was convicted of two misdemeanors and sentenced to serve fifty-two weekends in prison. Was the decision to prosecute Dr. Einaugler appropriate? If so, was the punishment appropriate?
Case from the 1995 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.
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