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  1. Lockhart, Donna Goudberg RN, PHN, CWOCN, GCNS, LNC

Abstract

The ever increasing threat of a patient or family member filing a lawsuit for the development or deterioration of a pressure ulcer while in a health care facility is reality. Every licensed nurse has a moral, ethical, professional, and legal obligation to provide the standard of care. When such care is not provided, there is a breach of duty. If the breach of duty and substandard care cause harm or injury to the individual, a lawsuit may be filed and damages may be awarded. Prevention, utilization of the nursing process, and documentation are vital components in maintaining the standard of care and avoiding litigation.