35. CASE: Competing Interests?

A medical device had been developed by a physician who provides care at your local hospital. The department he works in wants to begin to use that device on a regular basis. A process to guide this action has been developed by the physician in question and his team. They would like the ethics committee to review the process to ensure fairness and discuss any ethics aspects of the possible adoption of a medical device developed by a practitioner.

  • What ethics issues would you consider?
  • Who else should be involved in this review?
  • What other organizational policies could align with this issue and/or be consulted to inform the review process?

Some Values and Ethics Issues to Consider

  • Conflict of interest
  • Fairness
  • Patient safety
  • Transparency
  • Resource allocation

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