Preventable Neglect – Cook County Northshore Resident Falls from Lift and Fractures Arm
In a report dated February 28, 2017, from the Minnesota Department of Health a resident at Cook County Northshore Hospital and Care Center in Grand Marais was neglected with the alleged perpetrator (AP) transferred the resident with the use of a standing lift. The resident sustained a fractured arm.
Cook County Northshore Substantiated Neglect after Fall with Fracture
Based on a preponderance of the evidence, neglect occurred when the AP transferred the resident with a mechanical standing lift and did use the seated sling strap that was necessary for a safe transfer. The resident was injured during the transfer and fractured and arm.
The resident had dementia. The resident’s care card indicated the resident required one staff to use a standing lift for all transfers. The resident’s care card instructed staff to use the seated sling strap and leg strap when using the mechanical standing lift with the resident.
After a shower, the AP attempted to transfer the resident from the shower chair to the resident’s wheelchair. The AP used a standing lift for the transfer. The AP applied the back strap and the leg strap, but did not secure the seated sling strap. Before the resident was lowered into the wheelchair, the resident stepped backward off the standing lift platform. The AP turned the resident’s call light on for help. A couple minutes passed and no one responded to the call light. The AP left the resident’s room with the resident on the standing lift. A couple of minutes later the AP returned with another staff member. The resident slipped further down in the standing lift. The back strap caught the resident under the arms. The resident hung in the lift by the arms. The resident’s legs were twisted. The nurse assessed the resident. The resident had pain in the right arm and bruises. The resident was transferred to the clinic. An x-ray was obtained, and the resident had a fracture of the right proximal humerus.
The physician was interviewed and indicated the resident’s injuries were consistent with the events of the transfer.
The alleged perpetrator was interviewed and said s/he was not trained to use the seated sling strap and was not trained to look at the care card before providing care to the resident. The AP stated the training she received to use the standing lift equipment was done by following another staff member.
Staff interviews and training documents confirmed the AP was not trained to use the resident’s care card, standing lift equipment, and seated sling strap.
Report Suspected Neglect or Quality of Care Issues – Cook County Northshore Hospital
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If you have concerns about Mechanical Patient Lift 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.