GPS (Guidelines, Protocols and Standards): A Smart Journey To Navigating Your Legal Nurse Consultant Business
Atlanta, Georgia -- Liz Buddenhagen, Atlanta legal nurse consultant, attended the South Carolina American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (SC AALNC) annual conference held in Greenville, South Carolina on April 5, 2014.
About the conference:
Connie Steed, MSN, RN, CIC, of the Greenville Health System University Medical Center, presented first. Steed is the lead researcher on a field test for a first-of-its-kind technology that allows for real-time group monitoring of hospital hand washing based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Five Moments of Hand Hygiene.”
Shelene Giles, MS, BSN, RN, of FIG Services in Hendersonville, North Carolina, discussed Medical Cost Projections (MCPs). Medical Damages Assessments (aka MCPs) are created by registered nurses to aide attorneys in negotiations during the litigation process in determining damages and future medical costs of care in catastrophic and non-catastrophic cases.
Pam Bartley, RN, BS, of PDB Nurse Education, presented “Code Sheet Review: ACLS Guidelines.” Bartley walked the legal nurse consultants through the finer points of the current ALCS guidelines including both adult and pediatric specific issues.
Sherry Davis, BSN, RN, of Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, South Carolina, is the Stroke Program Coordinator. Davis reviewed the types of stroke and transient ischemic attack, locations of the various levels of stroke centers in South Carolina and tissue plasminogen activator (tPA, a clot buster drug) use.
Mark Ricketts, RN, BS, MBA, of Augusta, Georgia, followed with “Corrections Nursing.” Ricketts explained some differences between hospital and community nursing versus prison nursing. The most notable difference being the increased dangers involved with the highest priority in prisons and jails being security.
Donna Crider, BSN, RN, the 2014 President of the SC AALNC, spoke about the “HIPAA Ruling 2013.” Of particular interest to legal nurse consultants, Crider pointed out the necessity in defense work of only electronically sending protected health information via encrypted vehicles and only using HIPAA compliant “cloud” storage sites.
Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant:
Liz Buddenhagen, registered nurse and certified legal nurse consultant, initially became a member of the SC AALNC after speaking at their annual conference of 2011 in Charleston, SC. Buddenhagen has a 30 year clinical background and has been assisting Atlanta attorneys with cases involving medical issues since 2005.
“We provide Medical Cost Projections, Medicare Set-Aside allocation and make Life Care Planning referrals,” said the Atlanta legal nurse. "We review and analyze medical records; provide reports, summaries and timelines; attend, observe and report Independent Medical Exams (IMEs); locate testifying experts and create pain and suffering reports.
- Contact Information
- Liz Buddenhagen
- Buddenhagen and Associates
- (1) 7707252997
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