Lawsuits & Wounds: The Latest Trends & Risk Reduction Strategies to Protect Your Patients and Your License

Nurse Sue was wondering why she was being called to the nursing administration office. She mentally went over the list of tasks she was already behind on, ...
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Ann Kahl Taylor
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Apr 02, 2019


Nurse Sue was wondering why she was being called to the nursing administration office. She mentally went over the list of tasks she was already behind on, as she hurried to meet Terry, her boss. Terry had someone else in her office as Sue sat down. “Hi Sue, this is the lawyer from our corporate office. You remember Mr. F. who was in about a year ago? The family has filed a lawsuit related to the pressure injury care you provided to him. We will need a list of the wound care classes you have taken before you are expected to give a deposition next week.”

The panic set in very fast for this actual nurse. What went wrong with this all-too-real scenario? What is the facility’s responsibility? What should Sue do? Is Sue the only team member who should be pursued? You will be able to answer these questions, practice more confidently and formulate strategies to protect yourself after spending one enlightening day with Ann Taylor MS, RN, CWOCN®, National Wound Expert and Legal Consultant.



Lawsuits and Wounds

  • Legal terms that should cause concern
  • Commonly-cited failures in wound management
  • Where do you find standards of care?
  • Competencies you should have on file
  • Staffing impact for patients and you

Policy Updates: What May Sound Unimportant One Day, Can Become Critical

  • Photo documentation
  • Assessment & reassessment
  • Consultations you should request
  • Don’t fail to follow your own policies!

Pressure Injury Prevention

  • Avoidable versus unavoidable
  • Skin failure
  • Terminal ulcers
  • Avoid failure to prevent injury

Assessments: The Courtroom Downfall

  • Determine risk to put proper prevention measures in place
  • Nutritional needs and realistic goals
  • Mobility challenges solved!
  • Develop an individualized plan of care
  • Reassessment… again and again!
  • Pain management strategies
  • Do not fail to properly assess

Guideline Updates for Your Clinical Practice

  • Pressure injuries
  • Lower extremity ulcers
  • Other skin damage
  • Continuing education

Wound Care Challenges: It’s Not Always Pressure…

  • MASD
  • IAD
  • ITD

Documentation Pitfalls

  • Electronic charting
  • Policies
  • Drop boxes
  • The ‘ideal‘ wound notes

Take-Home Algorithms to Put into Practice Tomorrow

  • Topical therapy
  • Lower extremity ulcers
  • Ostomy management
  • Support surfaces

Case Studies: Costly Mistakes Made in Wound Care

  • Risk assessment
  • Topical formularies
  • Wound assessment
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Care plans
  • Patient record


Ann Kahl Taylor, MS, RN, CWOCN® Related seminars and products: 4

Kahl WOC Consultants

Ann Taylor, MS, RN, CWOCN®​, created Kahl WOC Consults in 2002 to provide wound care and legal consults across the care settings. With over 20 years of experience as a specialty nurse in wound, ostomy and continence nursing, she has a vast amount of knowledge about how to reduce the risk of legal exposure through incorporation of current wound management trends and protocols. Her practice in the legal arena is busy and has grown significantly.

Ann’s commitment to clinical excellence and patient outcomes is evident by her committee work with the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN™). She has also served on the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Certification Board, most recently on the Job Analysis Task Force. As an author, Ann has over 20 clinical wound abstracts and has created numerous policies, algorithms and guidelines for use in practice.


Financial: Ann Kahl Taylor is the owner of Kahl WOC Consults. She has an employment relationship with Spalding Regional Medical Center. Ms. Kahl Taylor receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Ann Kahl Taylor is a member of the national Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN). She is a member of the WOCN Certification Board, Marketing Committee.