Community Memorial Hospital Cloquet Complaint Findings for Medication Administration
In a report concluded on January 10, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Community Memorial Hospital Cloquet for medication administration.
It is alleged that the facility is not following standards for medication administration based on the following: the facility has inadequate medication administration/pharmacy procedures and as a result significant medication errors were made regarding dosages of a narcotic medication administered to a resident.
Substantiated Complaint Community Memorial Hospital
According to the National Institute of Health, The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) first Quality Chasm report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, stated that medication-related errors (a subset of medical error) were a significant cause of morbidity and mortality; they accounted “for one out of every 131 outpatient deaths, and one out of 854 inpatient deaths”. Medication errors were estimated to account for more than 7,000 deaths annually. Building on this work and previous IOM reports, the IOM put forth a report in 2007 on medication safety, Preventing Medication Errors. This report emphasized the importance of severely reducing medication errors, improving communication with patients, continually monitoring for errors, providing clinicians with decision-support and information tools, and improving and standardizing medication labeling and drug-related information.
With the growing reliance on medication therapy as the primary intervention for most illnesses, patients receiving medication interventions are exposed to potential harm as well as benefits. Benefits are effective management of the illness/disease, slowed progression of the disease, and improved patient outcomes with few if any errors. Harm from medications can arise from unintended consequences as well as medication error (wrong medication, wrong time, wrong dose, etc.). With inadequate nursing education about patient safety and quality, excessive workloads, staffing inadequacies, fatigue, illegible provider handwriting, flawed dispensing systems, and problems with the labeling of drugs, nurses are continually challenged to ensure that their patients receive the right medication at the right time. The purpose of this chapter is to review the research regarding medication safety in relation to nursing care. We will show that while we have an adequate and consistent knowledge base of medication error reporting and distribution across phases of the medication process, the knowledge base to inform interventions is very weak.
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 medication administration or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.