Accountability and legal issues in tissue viability nursing
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Accountability and legal issues in tissue viability nursing

Heidi Guy Lecturer practitioner, Tissue viability, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, and University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

Avoidable pressure ulcers are being increasingly used as an indicator of substandard care. Healthcare professionals may have to account for their actions when a pressure ulcer occurs. This article highlights accountability and legal issues that nurses may encounter when caring for patients with wounds and, in particular, pressure ulcers.

Nursing Standard. 25, 7,62-67. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.10.25.7.62.c8054

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heidi.guy@nhs.net

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review