The Legal Limits Of Autonomy, In Respect to Harming Oneself

A. Does the principle of autonomy guarantee a person the right to do something that is harmful to oneself? To others? Please explain this principle and explain ethical rationale.

B. I was passing medications. The policy in my institution gives me a 30-minute window on each side of the time the medication is due to be considered on time' with medication administration. I have had a code on my unit and the patient, Mr. Smith, needed to be transferred to an ICU setting. Obviously, this took a lot of staff time and care. Consequently, the 9 a.m. medications for the rest of the patients in my assignment are not administered until 10:30 a.m. What do I do? How do I chart them? What ethical principles are involved in guiding my decisions and actions?