I want to first start off my apologising if this is not allowed. I am aware of the medical ethic group, but it does not seem too active and I need an answer soon, as I face this issue daily.
I work in a doctor's and one of the medical assistant takes xanax like it is candy, she has proven to be addicted to it and non functioning (even more so than now) without it. It's my personal opinion that her use of the medication has directly resulted in the lack of patient care. She has become forgetful of simple task and has proven she can't keep up with the work required. She has given wrong medication injection and vaccinations, due to forgetfulness. She has been extremely rude to staff, management, even patients. Her inability to meet the minimum expectations for her provider was made it so everyone else has to pick up her slack, so her patients get what they need. Each provider in mu practice has their own MA, so when she doesn't do her stuff, it falls to the others. In my opinion this causes the other providers patients to get the level care they should, because the MA's are spread thin trying to cover the one in question. The issue has been reported to my office manager, by our assistant office manager, but the manager does not see the effect. I'm tired of patient care being effected, because she wants to pop xanax. I believe when at work, patient care about ALL else. Patients first, afterall that why we go into clinical healthcare. Is direct patient care under the influence of benzodiazepines ethically (if not legally wrong)? If it is ethically wrong, should I report it to our partners company (I work for a hospital in a primary care office)?
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