Crystal Seasons Living Community Lake Crystal Complaint Findings for Exploitation
In a report concluded on February 27, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Crystal Seasons Living Community for exploitation – drug diversion.
It is alleged that financial exploitation occurred when a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)/alleged perpetrator (AP) took seven of a client’s narcotic (Vicodin) tablets for personal use and replaced them with an over the counter medication (Acetaminophen).
Substantiated Complaint of Financial Exploitation Drug Diversion at Crystal Seasons Living Community Lake Crystal
Based on a preponderance of the evidence financial exploitation is substantiated. The AP, a Licensed Practical Nurse, took seven narcotic (Vicodin) tablets from a client and replaced them with seven Acetaminophen tablets.
The client required assistance of medication set-up and administration, the client utilized a prescribed medication (Vicodin) as needed for pain relief. The client was alert with no memory impairments.
The facility had a policy in place to count narcotic medications in the facility at the change of every shift. Staff interviews and documentation indicate that during a narcotic count at change of shift, seven of the clients Vicodin tables were observed to be removed and replaced with seven Acetaminophen tablets.
The AP was interviewed and admitted that she/he did enter the clients apartment during her/his work shift, take seven narcotic (Vicodin) tablets from the clients prescribed medication and replaced seven narcotic (Vicodin) tablets with seven Acetaminophen tablets.
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If you have concerns about financial exploitation, medication theft 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