By Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, CWCP, DAPWCA, FACCWS, CLTC – Wound Educator
Most of my experience has been in the hospital wound center setting. However, in the last five years you could say I was converted into the long-term care arena, where I felt I could help most from an education and documentation standpoint. I have trained many physicians on how to best document inside the long-term care setting, because of the federal guidelines and annual surveys. Documentation in long-term care is substantially different from documentation in the hospital, and providers have a higher liability in this setting, given all the wound-related lawsuits. However, the documentation discrepancies can vary. I have given you a few case scenarios in this blog to help define consistent documentation.