Augustana HCC of Hastings Neglect Finding for Falls
In a report concluded on May 31, 2011, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Augustana HCC of Hastings for neglect of health care – falls.
The allegation of neglect is based on the following information: Patient #1 was not assessed, monitored and treated in a timely manner when signs and symptoms indicated a head injury after the resident sustained a fall.
It is essential that after suffering a head injury a person seeks medical attention immediately as complications can be severe including subdural hematoma, swelling of the brain which can be life threatening. Staff in care facilities should carefully assess a resident after a fall to assure that there is no injury to the head and if there is a head injury which any change in cognition, confusion, sudden sleepiness seek immediate medical attention.
According to the CDC, traumatic brain injuries can lead to lifelong problems that not only affect the lives of individuals and their families, but also have a significant impact on society and the economy. The Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a Report to Congress, entitled Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States to describe how many people are affected by TBI and how their lives are impacted; and what is known about he effectiveness of TBI rehabilitation.
Common Types of Nursing Home Injuries
Here are some summaries on various topics related to nursing home falls and fractures, pressure sores and other nursing home injuries:
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 falls, fall related injuries, head injuries or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.