Long-term care documentation differs significantly from hospital documentation, and providers face greater responsibility in this context due to all of the wound-related lawsuits. Documentation discrepancies, on the other hand, can vary. However, there is a considerable documentation gap known between the wound center and the nursing home. When a nursing home patient attends the wound center on a weekly basis, communication is essential.
- Wrong wound etiology
- Pressure Ulcer/Injury Stage 2 versus Moisture Associated Skin Damage (MASD)
- Tissue Types (Scab vs. Eschar, Epithelial vs. Granulation)
- Wound Depth
- Partial thickness vs full thickness
- Anatomical Location
- Treatment doesn’t match physician wound care order
- Absence of Care Coordination
Documentation has become increasingly crucial as wound care practices. Understaffing and overwork among clinicians in hospitals can lead to issues with the basic tenets of wound care. Guided clinical workflows can ease this burden on staff. The level of training and experience of the employees at a hospital is unquestionably one of its most critical foundational elements.
In every healthcare setting, there is an increase in wound-related lawsuits. The majority of these lawsuits are connected to pressure wounds. Common stumbling blocks include inadequacies in documentation, incorrect pressure ulcer/injury staging, and treatment implementation, to name a few. Weekly assessments of wound care documentation will help to reduce inconsistencies.
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Future Reading and References
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. MDS 3.0 Manual v01 07. US Department of Health and Human Services; 2018. https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/MDS30RAIManual Accessed January 28, 2022.
WoundSource: Knowing the Differences between Scabs vs. Eschar, Cheryl Carver’s blog
Baranowski S, Ayello E, eds. Wound Care Essentials. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2011.