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Improving Care Through Better Nursing Documentation

Elderly trauma patients have higher complication and mortality rates compared with younger victims with similar injuries.

Gaps in the nursing documentation of measures to prevent hospital-acquired complications may be documentation related, costly, and are probably preventable.

The findings in this study highlight the importance of the relationship between nursing documentation requirements and the system used for the expedient documentation of nursing care.

For details, see Cutugno et al. (2015). Documentation of preventive nursing measures in the elderly trauma patient: Potential financial impact and the health record. Nursing Economic$, 33(4), 219-226.

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