Which divulge details on the patient’s health status, response to a particular medicine and the extent to which the patient has fulfilled his financial obligations, are duties that fall within the administrator’s jurisdiction (Kavaler and Spiegel, 2003).Secondly, the liability for professional negligence on the side of the administrator is underscored by the fact that such a mistake, even if unintentional, may have far reaching consequences on the patient. For instance, the failure to update the extent the patient has met his financial obligations can be said to be negligent action, if it leads to the partial or complete withholding of medical services to the patient. This may affect the patient’s rate of recovery, complicate the patient’s health further or even catalyze the patient’s death. As a matter of fact, this failure on the part of the administrator becomes the cause of an illegitimate reason for the withdrawal of medical services and facilities from the patient. Against this backdrop, the administrator may be charged with professional negligence, since his inaction or omission becomes injurious to the patient’s health.In a more serious wavelength, Morrison (2010) divulges that it is important to note that the compilation, updating and systematically filing of the patient’s profile and medical records, on the side of the administrator, is a matter that has far-reaching consequences. It is possible for the failure to compile, update and file the patient’s medical records to aid the administration of treatment and drugs that the patient is allergic to, and thereby leading to the patient’s health deterioration, if not death, for such cases have abounded. This happens when a physician’s actions within the line of duties follow and is predicated on the administrator’s negligent act or act of omission, and thereby injuring the patient. For instance, this may happen when the patient discloses to the physician that he is allergic to penicillin and the doctor notes it down but the administrator fails to keep such records well. The injurious part of this act may come into play when for instance there is an emergency on the same patient, and a physician acts on the existing (but resultantly incomplete records) and consequently administers penicillin-laced drugs into the patient’s system, and thereby exposing the patient to serum sickness or even life-threatening conditions such as anaphylaxis. In this situation, the
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