Patient’s Violence and the Use of Doctor Force – Medical Ethics

During the administration of medical care, there is always a struggle especially if the patient is a child whether to use force or not when the kid becomes violent during the treatment. The case of Mathilda, the young girl taken for treatment by both of her parents, shows how treatment of children can be very hard at times.

I personally advocate for the use of force while administering treatment to children. In most cases, children do not understand the importance of medication to the when they are sick. Mathilda, though sick, had failed to reveal to the parents for three days that he had a sore throat. This is a clear indication of how the children can be secretive even during the times that they are sick.

When the doctor, finally decides to examine Mathilda if she had contracted diphtheria sickness form school, Mathilda simply decides not to give any response to the questions she is asked by the parents or the doctor. In fact Mathilda simply kept quiet while only changing her facial expressions as an indication that she was not willing to cooperate during the medical checkup. It was at this moment that the doctor appreciated that he could not reach somewhere without hurting.

Children, if given a chance, will be violent when receiving medical care. These violent reactions usually interfere with the medication of the same child. For instance when the doctor tries to examine Mathilda, she violently reacts towards the doctor by dropping his glasses and almost injuring his eyes.

Though the parents spoke harshly towards her, the effects had already been felt as the glasses almost broke into pieces when they dropped to the kitchen floor. In addition, when the doctor forced he mouth open so that he may examine the throat, Mathilda crushed the wooden blade placed into her mouth while trying to resist the doctor from discovering the wounds she had nursed secretly for three days.

The use of force is allowed for the medical practitioners because of the great risk posed by some type of sicknesses. The doctor feared the disease that had occurred in Mathilda’s school which had infected a number of students.

That sickness called diphtheria could lead to death very quickly. It is these dangerous diseases that make he doctors apply force during treatment if the patients do not want to cooperate during the treatment. This force is applied with the sole and major reason of rescuing the patient’s life. For instance, the doctor had no choice but use force as he suspected that Mathilda might have contracted diphtheria.

Medical practitioners use force while administering medial care especially to the children because the doctors are the ones who know the effects of compromising the sickness level of the patient. The doctor vividly admits that he had seen two children lying dead in bed due to neglect.

They are some of these cases that make the doctor violent towards Mathilda so that he may not witness a repeat of the same scenario under his medical care. This is necessary because in many cases people have been neglected until death when they are against the treatment they are to receive.

Though at times the use of force by some doctors normally turn to be emotional when the patients become very violent, force is very necessary. The doctor recalls that at some time he had to be emotionally upset by the violent reaction of Mathilda that made him even react violently at her. Despite the fact that such a case may arise, force is critical and necessary.

If force were to be omitted while handling Mathilda, she might have died of diphtheria because the doctor had to be violent to ensure that she opens her mouth that later exposed her wounds indicating that she had contracted diphtheria.

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