Legal Perils and Pitfalls of Wound Care

     How to Keep Yourself out of Court: Part 1


No matter the setting in which we practice, as health care providers we constantly are under the threat of a malpractice lawsuit. In nursing homes the top targets for litigation are pressure ulcers, malnutrition, and dehydration. Up to 20% of all U.S. legal medical claims and more than 10% of settlements are wound related,1 and there are more than 17,000 pressure ulcer-related lawsuits filed annually in the United States … So, it behooves us to take the necessary measures to avoid being sued! What are the perils and pitfalls of wound care that we may encounter in our practice, and how can we best avoid them? This blog explores the various elements that can make or break a case … read more