Expert International Panel Releases White Paper on Pressure Sore Prevention

The International Expert Wound Care Advisory Panel released a 23-page white paper titled "Legal Issues in the Care of Pressure Ulcer Patients: Key Concepts for Healthcare Providers," detailing and identifying key concepts to help healthcare professionals with preventative legal care practices taking into consideration the current pressure ulcer (pressure sore, decubitus ulcer, bed sore) regulatory and legal environment.

Every year, pressure ulcers affect more than one million acute care and nursing facility patients. Lawsuits over pressure ulcers are becoming increasingly common in both settings, with claims per occupied bed increasing at an annual rate of 14 percent and the average court settlement rising more than $250,000. 

"The interrelationship between medical decision-making, reimbursement and legal issues relating to pressure ulcers has never been greater and the medical-legal landscape itself has never been more treacherous," said the paper's corresponding author Caroline Fife, M.D., C.W.S., Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center.  For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia. 

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