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Legal Issues in the Care of Pressure Ulcer Patients: Key Concepts for Healthcare Providers-A Consensus Paper from the International Expert Wound Care Advisory Panel©

Fife, Caroline E. MD, CWS; Yankowsky, Kevin W. JD; Ayello, Elizabeth A. PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CWON, MAPWCA, FAAN; Leask Capitulo, Kathleen DNSc, RN, FAAN; Fowler, Evonne MSN, RN, CWON; Krasner, Diane L. PhD, RN, CWCN, CWS, BCLNC, MAPWCA, FAAN; Mulder, Gerit DPM, MS, FAPWCA, FRCST, PhDc; Sibbald, R. Gary BSc, MD, MEd, FRCPC, MACP, FAAD, MAPWCA

doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000390494.20964.a5
Features: Special Report

Panel members present information to help create awareness of the legal issues associated with pressure ulcers, while also providing guidance for the healthcare practitioners who face these challenges.

Caroline E. Fife, MD, CWS, is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, and the Director of Clinical Research for the Memorial Hermann Center for Wound Healing, Houston; Kevin W. Yankowsky, JD, is a partner, Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP, Houston, Texas; Elizabeth A. Ayello, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CWON, MAPWCA, FAAN, is a Clinical Associate Editor, Advances in Skin & Wound Care, a Faculty member at Excelsior College, School of Nursing, Albany, New York, and a Senior Adviser at The John A. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York, New York; Kathleen Leask Capitulo, DNSc, RN, FAAN, is Chief Nurse Executive at James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, New York, and Associate Professor, Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio, and Professor, Wenzhou Medical College, Wenzhou, China; Evonne Fowler, MSN, RN, CWON, is on the staff of the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, Banning, California; Diane L. Krasner, PhD, RN, CWCN, CWS, BCLNC, FAAN, is the WOCN/Special Projects Nurse at Rest Haven-York, York, Pennsylvania; Gerit Mulder, DPM, MS, MAPWCA, FRCST, PhDc, is Professor of Surgery and Orthopedics at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, California; and R. Gary Sibbald, BSc, MD, MEd, FRCPC (Med Derm), MACP, FAAD, MAPWCA, is Professor, Public Health Sciences and Medicine, and Director, International Interprofessional Wound Care Course and Masters of Science in Community Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This article contains highlights of a roundtable discussion of the authors held on December 6, 2008, in Chicago, Illinois, and supported by an educational grant from Medline Industries, Inc, Mundelein, Illinois. This manuscript as published in Advances in Skin and Wound Care differs from the original article as it contains edits and revisions requested from the journal's peer-review process. The information contained herein does not necessarily represent the opinions of all panel members. Copyright 2009 International Expert Wound Care Advisory Panel. All rights reserved.

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