Lawsuits related to wounds, and especially pressure ulcers, are increasingly common in both acute and long-term care settings, with judgments as high as $312 million in a single case. It can be terrifying to be notified that your facility has been sued, and even more so if you personally are named in a lawsuit. What can you and your facility do to protect yourselves? What do you need to know to ensure that you are meeting standards related to wound care? What assessments and documentations are necessary to stay out of court? What regulations and statutes do you need to be aware of? What measures can you take to make certain that you have the most legally-defensible wound care program?
Wound care gone badly is one of the most prevalent themes in healthcare today, in addition to being very costly. This course will provide many of the answers to help keep patients from suing, keep lawyers and regulatory bodies at bay, and hopefully keep you and your facility out of court.
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Heidi H. Cross, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWON®, is a board-certified Wound and Ostomy Nurse and a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner in Syracuse, NY. She has extensive experience caring for wound and ostomy patients in acute care, as well as in long term care facilities. Currently, she is employed by CNY Surgical Physicians consulting for nursing homes in the Syracuse area, and has her own independent practice as an expert witness for plaintiff and defense attorneys.
Ms. Cross is a member of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, and the American Nurses Association. She has served on numerous committees related to wound and ostomy care, including as chair of the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board examination committee, the credential and review committee, and the marketing committee. For the Wound and Ostomy Nurses Society, she is the co-chair of the National Conference Planning Committee ostomy track, has done peer review for the Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN), and was the recipient of a grant from the Center for Clinical Investigation Research. She participated in developing the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers in 2014.
Financial: Heidi Huddleston Cross receives an honorarium and consulting fee from Molnlycke. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Heidi Huddleston Cross is a member of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society.
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