Centracare Health System Melrose Complaint Findings for Physical Abuse
In a report concluded on August 2, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Centracare Health System Melrose for physical abuse by staff.
The allegation is abuse based on the following: the alleged perpetrator (AP) used a restraint (lap tray) for a resident without physician’s orders or assessment. Later it was noted that the resident had slid down to chest level in the wheelchair with the lap tray still in place. On another occasion, staff utilized a lap buddy to restrict the resident’s movement without an assessment or physician’s order.
Substantiated Complaint of Physical Abuse Against Centracare Health System Melrose – Use of Restraints
According to Prevent Elder Abuse Physical Abuse and Neglect, the physical indicators of abuse include:
•Sprains, dislocations, fractures, or broken bones
•Burns from cigarettes, appliances, or hot water
•Abrasions on arms, legs, or torso that resemble rope or strap marks
•Internal injuries evidenced by pain, difficulty with normal functioning of organs, and bleeding from body orifices
•Bruises. The following types of bruises are rarely accidental: •Bilateral bruising to the arms (may indicate that the person has been shaken, grabbed, or restrained)
•Bilateral bruising of the inner thighs (may indicate sexual abuse)
•”Wrap around” bruises that encircle an older person’s arms, legs, or torso (may indicate that the person has been physically restrained)
•Multicolored bruises (indicating that they were sustained over time)
•Injuries healing through “secondary intention” (indicating that they did not receive appropriate care)
•Signs of traumatic hair and tooth loss
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 physical abuse 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.