Hospital Acquired Infections – Whose fault is it?

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This program is for attorneys, legal nurse consultants and clinicians.

Do you want to sharpen your skills in understanding liability issues of hospital acquired infection cases?
Are you a legal nurse consultant or attorney who is asked to evaluate an infection case for liability, causation and damages?
Are you a clinician interested in understanding the medical and legal implications of these infections?

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Let’s look at the facts: Hospitals are increasingly being penalized for the development of hospital acquired infections (HAIs). CMS reimbursement guidelines have changed the game. HAIs have increased the liability of not only hospitals, but also physicians. Seven out of the 17 conditions on the non-reimbursable list relate to infections. We will discuss and review 3 of the events that hospitals are not reimbursed by Medicare and many of the private payors for

· Catheter-associated urinary tract infections or CAUTIs-most common HAI as reported by the Joint Commission

· Central line associated bloodstream infection or CLABSI

· C. Difficile infection

Starting in 2011, hospital data about infection rates became available to the public. Beginning in 2013, hospitals will have to report health acquired infection rates that were not present on admission. Catheter associated urinary tract infections, the most common event, as well as vascular or central line catheter-associated infection and C-difficile are all reportable events. Mortality rates and the resulting healthcare expense burden have brought national attention to this issue.

Patients and their families are actively pursuing claims against facilities for contracting hospital-acquired infections. Attorneys and legal nurse consultants need to understand how to evaluate these cases. CAUTI, CLABSI and C-difficile hospital acquired infections are important and timely healthcare safety issues that have caught the attention of both plaintiff and defense attorneys. These types of infections are an urgent issue in part due to healthcare clinician transmission, antibiotic resistance and event mortality.


At the end of this program you will know

· How hospital acquired infection cases are treated and prevented

· Common strategies used by plaintiff attorneys to prove a hospital acquired infection case

· Common defense strategies


As a corporate legal nurse consultant, Valerie Lane RN CLNC knows how important this issue is from the clinical, legal, and financial perspectives. Ms. Lane is managing partner of Lane & Associates, a private legal nurse consulting firm. Lane & Associates is based in Springville California, located in the Central Valley of California. She has been a registered nurse for 19 years and a legal nurse consultant since 2007. Her experience includes the operating room, PACU and corrections. She has presented on various topics and is currently a corporate legal nurse consultant for Dignity Health; a large west coast based healthcare delivery system. She is an active member of Juris Educational Resource Knowledge group.

“Valerie Lane’s C-difficile presentation was well organized and received. It was an extremely relevant topic. The presentation will be useful as a reference during case investigations.”

– Diane Luthi, RN, MSN, LNC-Legal Nurse Consultant Reno Nevada

Added Bonus

All participants will receive a hospital acquired infection CAUTI, CLABSI and C-difficile quick fact sheet. Other optional bonuses are available with the purchase of the program.

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