Nursing Home Blamed for Failing to Timely Respond to a Resident’s Change in Condition

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 31st May 2011
Nursing Home Blamed For Neglect Leading to Death of Resident

Nursing Home Blamed For Neglect Leading to Death of Resident

Sunwood Good Samaritan – Nursing Home Blamed

According to a State and Tribune Article: A western Minnesota nursing home has been blamed for its staff failing to act quickly enough to save the life of a resident whose physical condition was rapidly deteriorating ahead of cardiac arrest, according to a state report released this spring.

Sunwood Good Samaritan Society of Redwood Falls was found negligent in the death on Nov. 1, a state Health Department investigation determined.

Sunwood Good Samaritan Nursing Home Blamed in Death

Specifically, the investigation found, the home failed to have formal processes in place for monitoring and reacting to significant changes in a resident’s condition.

According to NCBI, Nursing homes must improve quality of care even as it becomes increasingly complex, and patient safety science may provide a helpful paradigm. Training materials are needed to build staff capacity for clinical assessment and communication, thereby improving care processes. Designed to develop curricular materials, this study used focus groups to determine how experienced nurses and aides assess and communicate about resident clinical changes. Staff reported that consistent caregiving enables detection of subtle clinical changes; aides further noted the importance of affective bonding. Aides and nurses alike regarded all clinical changes as potentially significant, while nursing staff lacked a consistent approach to assessment. Using a patient safety framework, structural changes and process elements were identified as important topics for further training to support clinical communication and improve resident and facility outcomes.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or wrongful death from neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility that serves the elderly in Minnesota please contact our firm for a free consultation and information regarding the obligations of the facility and your rights as a resident or concerned family member.  To contact Attorney Kenneth L. LaBore, directly please send an email to klabore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com or call Ken at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589.

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