Ethics in the Daily Routine of Hospitals

Ethics in the Daily Routine of Hospitals
The second stage of the project “Ethics in the Daily Routine of Hospitals” began in autumn 2014. At the centre of attention during this second phase is the daily routine of the university hospital for oral and maxillofacial surgery of the Salzburger Landeskliniken (Salzburg State hospitals). Together with employees and patients, the project aims at identifying ethically relevant issues. Following from the gathered results and in close cooperation with the employees of the university hospital, the researchers of the project will provide recommendations for ethical improvements at hospitals and will assist in their implementation.

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Staying Human in Hospitals
During the first stage of the project “Ethics in the Daily Routine of Hospitals”, the ifz analysed three major topics concerning the daily grind of doctors, nurses, patients and people they are affiliated with. The study is based on an extensive study of the reference literature as well as on interviews with experts and hospital employees from Salzburg. Clemens Sedmak has used the gained insights for his book “Mensch sein im Krankenhaus: Zwischen Alltag und Ausnahmesituation” (Staying Human in Hospital: Caught Between the Daily Grind and Exceptional Circumstances). In the book, Sedmak develops basic features of an ethical approach to the daily routine of hospitals. The book was published in 2013 by Styria Verlag.

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