In a report from the MDH it is alleged that a resident was neglected when the alleged perpetrator (AP) administered incorrect medications resulting in hospitalization from narcotic overdose.
Based on a preponderance of evidence, neglect was not substantiated. However, federal and state citations were issued related to the medication error. The alleged perpetrator (AP) administered another resident’s medication to the resident. The resident was sent to the hospital for narcotic overdose and returned to the facility two days later.
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Complaint Findings for Neglect
In a report concluded on January 8, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Cuyuna Regional Medical Center for neglect of health care.
It is alleged that neglect occurred when a resident had a fall with injuries from a shower chair when the chair fell backwards due to a back wheel coming off. Staff had noted a shower chair with wheel concerns two or three weeks earlier.
Based on preponderance of evidence neglect is substantiated when staff noted the same shower chair wheel was faulty when used at least two weeks prior to a resident falling and striking his/her head on the floor. When the shower chair wheel was noted to be faulty, the staff did not notify the maintenance department to inspect or repair the chair. The resident was in the shower chair when the wheel broke causing him/her to fall and sustain a subdural hematoma and subarachnoid hemorrhage. The facility also had no policy in place to identify, inspect and maintain shower chairs.
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Complaint Findings for Neglect – Falls
In another report concluded on August 8, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Cuyuna Regional Medical Center for neglect of health care – falls.
It is alleged that neglect occurred when a resident fell and fractured the resident’s hip after the alleged perpetrator (AP) left the resident alone in the bathroom.
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center – Neglect – Lack of Response to Change in Condition
In a third report concluded on June 7, 2011, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Cuyuna Regional Medical Center for neglect of health care.
Allegation(s): the allegation is neglect based on the following: staff did not arrange for medical evaluation in a timely manner for Resident #1 when he had a condition change. In addition, when the resident experienced pain and bleeding with a catheter insertion, the staff did not remove the catheter and/or consult with the resident’s physician.
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 neglect of health care, injuries from wheelchair or other medical equipment, falls, fractures or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com