I heard this most of my (long) nursing career, also -- "You never document in the chart that you completed an incident report, because doing so 1) makes attorneys aware that the report exists and 2) makes the report part of the client's chart and therefore available to attorneys." I've also heard numerous attorneys (hospital legal counsel as well as plaintiffs' attorneys) say that, while that may have been true once upon a time, it is now basically a hospital old wives' tale -- every attorney on the planet assumes, nowadays, that there is
an incident report related to whatever incident they're investigating, and, whether it's mentioned in the chart or not, they can (and do
) still request (subpoena) the report along with the rest of the records they request from the hospital and get
it. It will end up in (a) case regardless of whether you mention it in the chart or not.
However, it's best to do whatever your employer wants you to, even if there's no real purpose or effect (and isn't that true of so many things we do in nursing!