Introduction and discussion
Being a professional means the possession of education, skill, expertise, and experience as qualifications to hold a certain office or be able to perform a certain duty in a given field. Professionals represent certain organizations or unions and are required to act in good faith to own up to their reputation and perform duties that represent ethics. In addition to ethics and morals, it is not the duty of the public served by these professionals to take up liabilities caused by their negligence. In this case, it is the duty of the professionals to own up to their mistakes and face the law if lawsuits are filed against them. Professionals are humans like any other person and are prone to making mistakes, especially in challenging situations. Honest mistakes are some of the unavoidable challenges that professionals are faced with, resulting in uncertainties. Considering this fact, members of the public, depending on the ethical conduct of these professionals, do not make these mistakes as minor issues, especially when death and other casualties are resulted from the misconduct. Through the understanding of professional behavior, this essay mirrors a series of medical errors committed in the UAE to establish professional negligence and windows of lawsuits (Liuzzo, 2010).
Analysis and Application
Death can result from various reasons in the medical profession, and consequences may befall persons with nothing to do with the cause of death. Considering these factors, medical malpractice in the UAE was reported in the year 2010, involving deaths that were potentially preventable. Considering the causes of the deaths, patients who died under the care of medical professions were reported to have been injected with fatal doses or ingesting of wrong proscription drugs (Khawaja, 2012). In this case, the medical personnel is the professional lot responsible for the wellbeing of the patients.
Deaths occurring due to negligence by these professionals results in the loss of loved ones – this affects family members or next of kin. Therefore, such cases, in spite of the possibility of honest mistakes, result in death that affects a broad spectrum of public members. If the prescription of the wrong drugs or injection of fatal doses did not result in deaths, negligence by the professionals to adhere to ethical and moral underpinnings would still result in an uncomfortable situation. The situation can be resulted in if the effect of the drugs is negative in the patients’ recovery process or if the patients develop secondary conditions. It is clear that the UAE cases were directly connected to professional negligence and not the insufficiency of medical resources. Lawsuits can be waved inspite of the magnitude of actions if inadequacy of resources is registered. However, failure to inform patients of such inadequacy is considered negligence and is punishable by law like any other aspect of negligence leading to death or adversity of the condition (Liuzzo, 2010).
Negligence by professionals is the failure to adhere to their professional obligations and in result, causing fatal or uncertainties to the public. The medical errors registered in the UAE involved medical professionals’ negligence to follow the right channels in establishing the right interventional measures. The cause of action or failure to act ethicallylinked the professionals directly to happenings of the UAE case; this means lawsuits or revocation of their medical licenses was eminent.
Khawaja, M., Giacaman, R. & Jabbour, S. (2012). Public Health in the Arab World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Liuzzo, A. (2010). Essentials of Business Law, 7th ed. New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies.
This case study on Medical Errors and Professional Behavior in the UAE