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Skin Changes at Life's End
January 31st, 2019

by Heidi H. Cross, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWON

"If a patient is cold, if a patient is feverish, if a patient is faint, if he is sick after taking food, if he has a bed sore, it is generally the fault not of the disease, but of the nursing." —Florence Nightingale...

Risk Assessment
January 2nd, 2019

by Heidi H. Cross, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWON

When looking at medical charts from a legal perspective, one of the areas closely scrutinized is the risk assessment for skin breakdown and pressure ulcer development. Completing a risk assessment is considered a standard of care. Was the...

Turning and Positioning
November 29th, 2018

by Heidi H. Cross, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWON

Failure to T&P (turn and position) is always part and parcel of a pressure ulcer lawsuit and a key element of a complaint related to pressure ulcers, as illustrated in the opening quotation. T&P documentation is a dominant focus in...

Legal Issues
November 1st, 2018

by Heidi H. Cross, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWON

Part 2 in a multi-part series looking at the basics of avoiding litigation as a health care provider. Read Part 1...

Legal Issues
October 17th, 2018

by Heidi H. Cross, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWON

Part 1 in a multi-part series looking at the basics of avoiding litigation as a health care provider.