Ethics

ethics

Ethics can be defined as a set of principles or standards of conduct which are the beliefs of an organization and guide the organization’s practice.  Heartland Health Region’s ethical standards and the foundation for our practice are built on the values of respect, excellence, collaboration, compassion and stewardship.

Heartland Ethics Advisory Committee 

The Heartland Health Region Ethics Advisory Committee advocates for a standard of ethical practice, knowledge and sensitivity.

It’s purpose is to support ethics and values within the organization by ensuring best possible care of clients and staff through

  • Raising conscious awareness of day to day decision making
  • Advocating for clients and staff
  • Promoting organizational values of respect, excellence, collaboration, compassion and stewardship.

The Ethics Advisory Committee is composed of a minimum of seven members appointed by the authority. In appointing members to the committee, the RHA will strive to represent as many of the following disciplines and interests as possible – Social Work, Administration, Theology, Law, Psychiatry, Ethics, Philosophy, Nursing, Research, Medicine, Psychology, Authority member(s) and a Community/consumer representative.

The role of the committee is:

  • To addres the areas of Ethical Treatment and services, ethical Research, Ethical Decision Making and Resource Allocation;
  • Validate the ethical content of policies referred to it by the Authority or its Administration.
  • Review and recommend region-wide polices on matters of bioethical importance for consideration by the Authority
  • Provide a consultative service for the purpose of giving advice and guidance on ethical issues to administration, staff and physicians of the health region
  • Initiate and support educational programs that examine ethical matters for health professionals, Ethics Advisory Committee members, the Authority  and the general public
  • Establish and retain consulting resources to assist in handling concerns (Research approval through U of S for example)
  • Annually the Committee will:
    • Review its terms of reference and recommend changes if any
    • Establish goals and objectives for the coming year
    • Evaluate its effectiveness
    • Submit a report to the Authority, which includes information on the above areas.

Health Ethics Consultation  

The Heartland Health Region will have a process to provide health ethics consultations when requested, to clients and their representatives; to Region staff;to physicians practicing in the Region’s facilities and agencies; and to other involved parties.  The goal of a health ethics consultationis to improve the provision of health careand its outcome through the identification, analysis and resolution of ethical issues. (Aulisio 2000)

Problems and disagreements regarding the moral or “right” thing to do occasionally arise in the course of health care provision.These problems can create “ethical distress” for clients,their families/representatives, and healthcare workers.  Health ethics consultation is a service provided by an individual or group to help patients, families, substitute decision makers,health care providers, or other involved parties address uncertainty or conflict regarding value-laden issues that emerge in health care. (Aulisio, 2000)

Requests for, and participation in health ethics consultations are voluntary, and consultations and subsequent case reviews are, by their nature, advisory.  The consultation service and case review process will serve to facilitate a guided discussion of the issues, and offer recommendations, opinions and/or advice, none of which are binding. The appropriate decision-makers are free to accept or reject any advice provided.

To Request a Health Ethics Consultation in Heartland Health Region:

  1. Call the Heartland Health Region Corporate Office at 306-882-4111. Your request will be taken by an administrative assistant and they will ask you for your name, contact information, and whether the issue is urgent or non-urgent. The information will be immediately forwarded to the Chairperson (or assigned alternate) of the Regional Ethics Advisory Committee.
  2. By email to heartland@hrha.sk.ca, or
  3. By mail to Ethics Contact, PO Box 2110  Rosetown  SK  S0L 2V0

Approaches to Ethical Decision Making:

Respect for Autonomy
To organize conditions contributing to the decisional process which respects the person’s rights to personal opinions, to make choices, to take actions in keeping with their values and beliefs. The client has the right to refuse or choose their treatment. Beneficence

The moral obligation to act for the well-being of others. To ensure that the goal of intervention is to minimize harms and to maximize beneficial effects for the person; a practioner shouel act in the best interest of the client.

Non-maleficence
Not exposing others to potential risk of being hurt or harmed. “First Do No Harm”.

Justice
Equity. To respond to needs without descrimination and with impartiality. Concerns the distribution of scarce health resources and the decision of who gets what treatment (fairness and equality).

Distributive Justice – The obligation of society to distribute the goods of that society equitably to its members.

Social Justice – The concern to root out social habits, institutions or structures thatharm the common good of society and to establish structures, ways of acting and attitudes that promote the common good.

Common Good
The action that contributes most to the achievement of a quality common life together. Help all participate more fully in the life we share as family, community and society members.

Virtue
The action that embodies the habits and values of humans at their best. For example, a person of courage or a person of compassion. Character/virtues are the driving force for ethical behaviour and may include honesty, compassion, courage, generosity, tolerance, love, fidelity, integrity, fairness, self-control and prudence.

Privacy Policy

Protecting the privacy of your personal health information is important to the Cypress Health Region (the “Region”).

 

The Region will only collect, use and disclose your personal health information:

1. When:

2. As required or authorized by law.

The Region will not otherwise collect, use or disclose your personal health information unless we have your consent.

 

The Region strives to keep its’ employees, physicians and affiliates aware of your privacy rights by offering education and having in place policies and procedures designed to protect the integrity, security and confidentiality of your personal health information. This includes a policy restricting access to your personal health information by only those who have a need to know for an authorized purpose.

 

If you wish to obtain further information about the Region’s privacy policies and your privacy rights, we encourage you to visit our privacy page or contact our Privacy Officer at (306) 778-5169 or 1-888-461-7443.  You may also wish to contact the provincial Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner at 1-877-748-2298 or visit them at their website.

 

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Links to the websites below are provided for the information and convenience of visitors to this site.

The Cypress Health Region does not assume responsibility for the accuracy of content of other sites, which are linked here. We strongly suggest that the best source of medical information is your personal or family physician.

3S Health

Accreditation Canada

Asbestos Registry

The Arthritis Society

Canadian Cancer Society

Canadian Diabetes Association

Canadian Institute for Health Information

Choose Wisely Canada

Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Inc.

Health Canada

Health Canada Kids

Health Card Application

Health Quality Council (HQC)

Heart and Stroke Foundation

MedSask

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Saskatchewan

Parent Mentoring Program of Saskatchewan

Patient Safety Institute

Resources for Nurses

Saskatchewan Health

Society for Progressive Supranuclear Paisy

Saskatchewan Surigcal Care Network

Sites of Professional Associations:

Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan

Canadian Dietetic Association

Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Service

Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses

Saskatchewan Association of Medical Radiation Technologists

Saskatchewan Association of Speech/Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers

Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapy

Saskatchewan Dental Therapists Association

Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association

Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists

Swift Current Newcomer Welcome Centre

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