Posts Tagged ‘Legal Implications In Wound Care’

Intake + Output = Big Documentation Problems

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Nancy Collins, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAPWCA, FAND

Inaccurate and incomplete intake and output (I&O) records pose a problem in litigation, as well as a risk to the patient who requires monitoring of fluid balance for medical reasons. 

Intake + Output = Big Documentation Problems

 

“Would you agree that the nurses did not know how to do basic arithmetic?”

Of course nurses know how to add and subtract, yet I was asked this question in a very challenging manner by a plaintiff attorney. He had just showed me 3 weeks of I&O tables excerpted from the medical chart of the deceased plaintiff, and almost every shift was incomplete. The plaintiff attorney was reducing the problem to poor math skills, implying that not a single day was complete because the nurses who cared for this patient lacked the skills to add a column of numbers. He knew I would disagree because I was not going to say these nurses lacked basic math skills. But he also knew his follow-up question was the real reason for this math ploy.

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Your Patient Died: Should You Send the Family a Card?

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Nancy Collins, PhD, RDN, LD, FAPWCA, FAND

Bereavement care is part of the job, no matter how difficult it is to talk about death and deal with grieving family members.

Your Patient Died: Should You Send the Family a Card?

 

“Callous disregard.” These two little emotionally loaded words are how the plaintiff complaint summed up the following story from a grieving daughter named Sally.* In her deposition, Sally recounted how nice and welcoming everyone was at the nursing home when she toured it 3 years ago prior to moving her mom in. It seemed like a good place where the staff could provide the care her mom needed; care Sally was no longer able to provide for her at home as her mom’s physical and mental condition continued to worsen. Those feel-good sentiments were replaced by anger, sadness, and ultimately litigation after her mom died. When Sally was asked why she was suing, she replied that no one at the nursing home cared about her mother.

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Keeping Yourself Out of Hot Water: Legal Implications In Wound Care

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Legal Implications in Wound Care

Keeping Yourself Out of Hot Water: Legal Implications In Wound Care will be presented by Cindy Broadus RN, BSHA, LNHA, CLNC, CLNI, CHCRM, WCC, 3C Healthcare Consulting LLC, and WCEI Instructor at this year’s Wild on Wounds National Conference in Las Vegas NV at Caesars Palace.

We know what gets us into trouble legally in wound care. So how do we avoid these complications? With litigation on the rise, it is better to be safe then sorry. In this session, we’ll discuss some of the ways you can keep yourself out of hot water and implement discussed precautions in your everyday practice.

Cindy’s sessions are usually jammed packed with attendees who want to learn about the Legal Implications in Wound Care. So don’t miss out on this session, its a great one!

For more information about the Wound care Education Institute and WOW 2011, Check Out Wild On Wounds National Convention.

You Have Been Served: Legal Implications in Wound care

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

The Wild on Wounds National Convention is coming up  September 23-25, 2010 in Las Vegas. Continuing in our session highlights, You Have Been Served: Legal Implications in Wound Care, will be presented by Cindy Broadus RN, BSHA, LNHA, CLNC, CLNI, CHCRM, WCC, 3M Healthcare Consulting, LLC and WCEI Instructor.

“You Have Been Served” are not words that any healthcare professional wants to hear, yet they all too often do. With all the advances in wound care, why do patients still develop pressure ulcers? Why do they still go through amputations, and why do they die? In this session we will discuss legal implications that exist, and what you can do to minimize them.

For more information about the Wild on Wound National Conference or to register, please check out http://www.wcei.net/wow-conference

For more information about the Wound Care Education Institute and their Skin and Wound Management Course, please visit http://www.wcei.net/course_info