SDN members see fewer ads and full resolution images. Join our non-profit community!

Hypothetical question for DOs

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by Chris_Topher, Mar 28, 2002.

  1. Chris_Topher

    Chris_Topher SeƱor Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 29, 2000
    very far to the left
    Here is a hypothetical question for DO students/ residents/docs:

    Assume that you did not do an osteopathic internship. What would you do if you were traveling in one of the 5 states that require the internship for licensure, and came upon an individual that required immediate medical assistance. Would you provide that assistance immediately and without hesitation, or would you hesitate concerned for your viability in state court if sued for malpractice? I assume everyone would provide the assistance, but would you do so with a pang of concern?

    No hidden agenda; just thought of the question while shaving my pits and thought I would float it out here for everyone.
  2. SDN Members don't see this ad. About the ads.
  3. DO/MBA

    DO/MBA Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2001
    We would be protected under the "good samaritan rule". Furthermore, anyone can sue but unless damage is done they cannot win.
    I posed a question similar to my brother, who is a medical law specialist, and that is where I get my source.
  4. PACmatthew

    PACmatthew Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2002
    Yes, the good samaritan act holds true. The only time the good samaritan act is not in place is when you are practicing for pay. Any "side of the road" or "middle of the mall" encounter qualifies as "off duty" and not within reach of customary medical diagnostic equipment.
  5. Sweaty Paul

    Sweaty Paul Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2001
    Kirksville MO

    Remember what Dr. Goldman taught; once you have committed to helping you are to act and purport yourself to the standards of a "reasonable man" or somesuch. Essentially, if you make an error that a reasonable person in that situation wouldn't make you are opening yourself, good samaritan or not, to a potential legal snafu. I know I have it in my notes somewhere, where, exactly in the very large pile I am not sure. If I find it I'll send it off to you.


    Dr. Goldman pearl "Never say oops"

Share This Page