Quote from kbrn2002
That depends a lot on the setting. Where you work and what you state you live in. Reporting requirements are always stringent and time sensitive in LTC settings though. Exactly how long you have before suspected abuse needs to be reported depends on your state's regulations.
Going with the assumption that we are talking about LTC since this is the LTC forum this is the federal regulation regarding abuse. The individual state regulations (for any regulation) only matter if they are more strict than the federal regulation. This is very clear that the facility has an obligation to protect residents from abuse and a 4 day lag time would not be seen as protecting anyone from further abuse.
The resident has the right to be free from abuse, neglect, misappropriation of resident
property, and exploitation as defined in this subpart. This includes but is not limited to
freedom from corporal punishment, involuntary seclusion and any physical or
chemical restraint not required to treat the resident's medical symptoms.