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Risk Management- Drunken Patient Lawsuit

February 17, 2014

Risk Management- Drunken Patient Lawsuit The IRAC method is an instructional tool that can aid students in the comprehension and evaluation of information so that they can make informed value decisions. It is an acronym for Issue, Rule, Analysis, and Conclusion. Although this is a legal model used to evaluate hypothetical situations in law cases, it is by no means limited to the study of the law. Useful for case studies presented in varied mediums such as narratives, videos/films, or recordings, the IRAC method may be applied to other activities such as defining a term or demonstrating a concept, principle, relationship, analogy, or contrasting idea. Often the instructional focus is on the end result of case study discussion rather than on how to "walk through" a method or approach to be used by the students in the case analysis (Bittner, M.1990).

A recent court ruling should motivate hospital risk managers to conduct a careful periodic review of their facility's procedures and legal obligations when it comes to treating intoxicated patients. The patient, Kevin Kowalski, later wandered onto a nearby highway and was struck by a car, leaving him paralyzed below the neck. Throughout the case, Mr. Kowalski contended that even though he decided on his own to leave the hospital, the hospital should have prevented him from doing so based on his level of inebriation.
In order to analyze the specific details of our risk management-drunken patient lawsuit, we need to state the facts. In June 2007, the New York State Court of Appeals dismissed the lawsuit accusing St. Francis medical hospital of Poughkeepsie, of medical malpractice and negligence for preventing an intoxicated patient, Kevin Kowalski, from leaving the hospital while still intoxicated. Mr. Kowalski voluntarily…...

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