Bethany Residence in Minneapolis Alleged Neglect Wound Care
In a report dated August 1, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Health alleged that a resident at Bethany Residence was neglect when staff failed to properly monitor and follow physician’s orders for caring of the resident’s wound. The resident is currently hospitalized for treatment of the wound.
Finding of Neglect Against Bethany Residence
Based on the preponderance of the evidence neglect did occur when the staff failed to follow a physician’s order for wound care. The staff did not complete the resident’s wound care for four days. The would became infected and the resident was hospitalized as a result of the infection.
The resident had a diagnoses including venous insufficiency, and chronic stasis ulcer on the right ankle. The resident had lived at the facility for several years. The physician’s order for care to the ulcer on the resident’s ankle included daily application of Santyl (a medicated ointment) and to cover the wound with adhesive foam. A nurse did not change the dressing on 8/10/2015, 8/11/2015, and on August 14, 2015 another nurse caring for the wound observed a foul odor, the skin was swollen and pink, and insects were observed on the wound. The resident was immediately sent to the hospital for care of the wound, the wound improved, and the resident returned to the facility.
The nurse that had not changed the dressing was interviewed and said she did not change the dressing and though the order was to check that the dressing was in place instead of changing the dressing. When the error was discovered, the facility re-educated the nurse.
The physician, a wound care physician specialist, was interviewed, he noted that the resident’s wound was chronic and had been slow to heal. He stated that the error of not changing the dressing for 3 days would have been significant in developing an infection.
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If you have concerns about medication errors, improper use of medical equipment, falls 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.