Aging Joyfully Eden Prairie Allegation of Neglect After Failure to Plug in Heart Pump
In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health, dated January 4, 2017, it is alleged that a client at Aging Joyfully Eden Prairie was neglected when staff failed to plug in and monitor the client’s heart pump. The client passed away.
Aging Joyfully Eden Prairie Substantiated Neglect After Resident Death
Based on a preponderance of the evidence, neglect is substantiated. Staff failed to plug a “heart pump” device into wall/outlet power. The client was dependent on the device and when the device batteries depleted, the client died.
The client was admitted to the home care provider with diagnoses that included heart failure with a left ventricle assist device (LVAD) and dementia. The client required assistance with activities of daily living, meals, and LVAD management. The client had 10 percent heart function. The home care provider staff were required to test the LVAD daily and record the device readings, and the client’s vital signs and weight. At bedtime, the staff were required to change the LVAD from battery power to wall/outlet power.
The University of Minnesota LVAD training protocol defines a LVAD as a mechanical circulatory device or “heart pump” that assists a failing heart by increasing blood flow to the rest of the body. The device is used to increase quality of life and survival for people living with end stage heart failure. The LVAD controller runs off battery power. The requirement for sleep procedures were to change the controller from battery power to wall/outlet power by disconnecting the batteries, connecting the controller to the power module, ensuring the power module is connected to wall power, and placing the batteries on the charger for the next day’s use. The LVAD controller had a system alarm that sounds for various reasons including a low battery.
Aging Joyfully Eden Prairie – Report Suspected Abuse and Neglect
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 any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.