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On the Case: Surgical Complications and Making the Case: Legal Documentation


The 2018 Acute Care Conference, provided through a grant from the Memorial medical Center Foundation, will take place next week, Monday, February 5th from 7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. in the M.G. Nelson Family Auditorium. This conference is open to all Memorial Health System (MHS) employees, community members and our academic partners. Presenting at the conference is Pam Collins, MSN, CMSRN, RN-BC, a service line educator from Charlotte, North Carolina. Pam is certified in Medical-Surgical (Med-Surg) nursing and has experience with legal aspects of nursing as well. She has also served as a consultant for medical malpractice cases.

Attendees will gain information on identifying surgical complications, including:
Septic shock
• Hypovolemic shock
• Atelectasis
• Pneumonia
• Respiratory Failure
• Lab Disturbances
• High Risk Populations
• Acute Abdomen
• Respiratory Failure
• Pain
• Ileus
• Small Bowell Obstructions
• Acute Renal Failure
• Patient feelings of impending doom

The legal documentation topics of discussion are:
• Statistics of Lawsuits
• Common Pitfalls in Documentation
• Documentation Strategies
• Electronic Medical Record Do's and Don'ts
• How to Document High Risk Conversations/Situations

Reviewing these topics will help attendees identify these issues and give them tools to manage them best for their patients. Guests will also understand the importance of capturing all of the care the patient receives and how to chart all parts of care accurately in the electronic health record. This years conference will allow those in attendance to understand how to cohesively mesh these larger topics to get the best outcome for all. To register for this event, please visit