Ethical and Legal Considerations
Ethics are the standards that societies, organizations, and professions establish to define expectations for behavior among members of that group. They broadly define right from wrong and create expectations of appropriate behavior. Laws, regulations, and policies are used to more clearly define ethical behavior and to impose sanctions for wrongful actions. This chapter will describe established ethical and legal principles that anesthetists should consider when acting appropriately and professionally within their practice. Because laws, regulations, and policies differ among states and within institutions, anesthetists must familiarize themselves with the proper policies where they practice.
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