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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:28 PM Page 34 MEDICAL MALPRACTICE You may have to stay long past your shift to get all this documentation completed, but when the time comes to explain what you did, you'll be glad you took the time to document. Take credit for the great care you provided and get it in the chart. The crucial question to keep in mind at all times needs to be, "How does my documentation support the actions I took to care for this patient?" If you did all you could for a patient, the documentation should reflect that. And that level of thoroughness just might save you a whole lot of trouble later on. OSM Ms. Kleinhesselink (jkleinhess@lincolnsurgery.com) is the chief quality officer and Ms. Lester (clester@lincolnsurgery.com) is the chief clinical officer of Lincoln Surgical Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. 3 4 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E | A P R I L 2 013

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