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Wound Documentation: Managing Risk

Brown, Gregory RN, CWOCN

Advances in Skin & Wound Care: April 2006 - Volume 19 - Issue 3 - pp 155-165
Features: Clinical Management Extra

PURPOSE: To provide the physician and registered professional nurse with an understanding of consistent wound documentation and the potential for legal issues to arise.

TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in better understanding and improving policies and procedures related to wound documentation.

OBJECTIVES: After reading the article and taking the test, the participant should be able to:

1. Discuss wound assessment and documentation relative to current practices and potential legal implications.

2. Describe recommendations to improve the consistency and accuracy of wound assessment and documentation.

In this continuing education feature, the author discusses the potential risk management issues in documentation practices and offers recommendations to improve the consistency and accuracy of wound assessment and documentation.

Gregory Brown, RN, CWOCN • Surgical Case Manager • Dallas Veterans Medical Center • Dallas, TX.

The author has disclosed that he was/is on the speaker's bureau for Hill-Rom.

Wolters Kluwer Health has identified and resolved all faculty conflicts of interest regarding this educational activity.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.