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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.


n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)


(Be cautious), verb be cautious, be concerned, bear in mind, beware, consider, curare, give heed to, guard, have regard, heed, look out for, mind, pay attention to, protect, take precautions, watch out for, watch over
Associated concepts: care and caution, care and skill, careful, careless, degree of care, due care, extraordinary care, great care, lack of care, ordinary care, slight care, want of care


(Regard), verb administer to, attend, attend to, be concerned, be concerned for, become involved, bother, foster, mind, minister to, nurture, pay attention to, serve, supervise, support, sustain, tend, watch over
Associated concepts: care and custody, care and mainteeance, custody or control
See also: administration, agency, aid, alimony, apprehension, assistance, auspices, burden, caution, charge, concern, consideration, constraint, control, custody, direction, discretion, fear, generalship, guidance, heed, help, imprisonment, interest, maintenance, management, notice, particularity, patronage, precaution, preservation, problem, protection, prudence, regard, relief, rigor, safekeeping, shelter, supervision, support, surveillance, trust, upkeep, ward, weight
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However, one study has demonstrated that registered nurses were able to identify situations of futile care more often than doctors.
This is particularly apparent in situations where futile care is suspected, or when institutional constraints impede the delivery of quality nursing care (Elpern et al.
Critical care nurses describe futile care leading to experiences of moral distress associated with emotional exhaustion and burnout.
Care in the last year of life accounts for more than one-quarter of Medicare spending, and half of patients die against their wishes in the hospital, receiving futile care at great cost.
The following discussion draws on information and ideas in a presentation on futile care by Martin Smith, director of clinical ethics in the Department of Bioethics, Cleveland Clinic.
It further holds that the physician is not obligated to give the patient or the attorney the option of agreeing with, or disagreeing with, the physician's futile care decision.
One-third of dying people spend at least ten days in intensive care units enduring tortuous and futile care.
The dollars we spend on marginal and futile care are no longer available to spend on needed care for someone else in the system or some other equally important social need.
Available studies show, however, that only modest savings will accrue to implementation of futile care policies.
She proposes video education about the Advance Directives Act (1999), also known as the Texas Futile Care Law, and wants to provide people over 60 with information about living wills, durable powers of attorney and Do Not Resuscitate orders.
The nurses who were identified as having PTSD emphasised that exposure to dying and the deaths of patients, massive haemorrhage, open wounds, trauma-related injuries and carrying out futile care were the main causes.