Mahnomen Health Center Neglect Substantiated

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 28th March 2015
Financial Exploitation Drug Diversion

Medication Error and Financial Exploitation Drug Diversion Mahnomen Health Center Mahnomen Minnesota

Mahnomen Health Center Allegation of Neglect

In a reported dated February 1, 2016, it was alleged that Mahnomen Health Center neglected a resident when staff administered a dose of Morphine ten times what ordered.  The resident passed away less than two hours later.

Based on a preponderance of the evidence neglect is substantiated when the facility failed to transcribe narcotic medications accurately and the resident was given 10 times more of a prescribed dose of morphine.  The resident died less than 2 hours after the medication error.

The resident had chronic kidney disease and severe cognitive impairment.  The resident was admitted to hospice services the day before the medication error.  The resident had a physician’s order for Morphine Sulfate 2.5 milligrams (mg) buccal (the medication is delivered through a syringe and placed against the inside of the cheek) every hour as needed.

Mahnomen Health Care Complaint Findings for Exploitation

In a report concluded on July 25, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Mahnomen Health Care for exploitation by staff.

It is alleged that exploitation occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) diverted narcotic medications from residents.  The AP documented controlled medications given to residents #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, and #9 on shifts that the AP was not working.

For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.

If you have concerns about medication errors, financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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