Broen Memorial Home in Fergus Falls Complaint Findings for Neglect
In a report concluded on March 17, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Broen Memorial Home in Fergus Falls for neglect of health care.
It is alleged that neglect occurred when a resident choked on a hot dog and bun which was not in accordance with the resident’s physician ordered diet. The food was removed when the Heimlich maneuver was successfully performed by staff.
Resident Choked on Food at Broen Memorial Home in Fergus Falls
Based on a preponderance of evidence the allegation of neglect is substantiated. The resident’s physician orders and care plan interventions directed staff to provide the resident a mechanical soft food texture diet (ground meat) without bread and bread products. The resident was assisted by staff to eat a hotdog with a bun, choked and required the Heimlich maneuver (an emergency technique for preventing suffocation when the windpipe becomes blocked by a piece of food or other object) to dislodge the hotdog and bread.
Interviews with staff present during the incident established no one recalled placing the food in front of the resident. The nursing assistant that fed the resident said s/he was not aware the resident should not be given a regular consistency hotdog and bread.
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