Capital View Transitional Care Pain Medication Stolen From Clients
In a report dated March 2, 2017 from the Minnesota Department of Health, it was alleged that staff at Capital View Transitional Care
Capital View Transitional Care – Medication Theft
Based on a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took multiple narcotic medication from three resident’s over approximately two months. There was no indication any of the residents suffered any pain as a result.
Resident #1 and #2 were at the facility for post operative care and were receiving narcotic medication for pain. Resident #3 was receiving narcotics for leg pain.
During Resident #1’s discharge, the nurse reviewed the remaining narcotic medication with Resident #1. Resident #1 stated s/he did not request or received the amount of pain medication doses that were recorded in the record as administered. The nurse notified administration of the discrepancy. Additional residents were interviewed and similar comments were obtained from Resident #2 and Resident #3.
Resident #1 was interviewed stating s/he did not take as many medications as documented by the facility. The Resident only took one narcotic at any given time and the documentation indicated she received two tablets.
Resident #2 was interviewed and stated s/he did not like to take narcotics and denied taking all the narcotics documented in the medical record.
Resident #3 was not available for interview.
The AP was interviewed and admitted to taking narcotics from residents residing in the facility. The AP stated she would sign out two medications, give one to the resident and keep the other. In addition, the AP would sign out a narcotic medication when the resident didn’t ask for it and keep it for her/himself. The AP was unable to identify which residents, how often, or how much narcotic medication was taken from the residents.
Based on a review of resident #1, #2, and #3’s medical records it is suspected that the AP took between 20-20 narcotics.
The facility reported the incident to the Board of Nursing and terminated the AP.
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If you have concerns about medication theft / financial exploitation or 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.