Eaglecrest Senior Living Cited After Medication Theft
In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health dated August 1, 2016, Eaglecrest Senior Housing in Ramsey was cited with drug diversion after medication taken from vulnerable resident.
Medication Taken From Resident at Eaglecrest Senior Living
Based on a preponderance of the evidence financial exploitation occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took 30 Oxycodone tablets, and opioid pain medication, from the client for her/his own personal use.
The client received services from the provider for activities of daily living, housekeeping, laundry, meals and medication administration. The client had a physician’s order for Oxycodone 5/325 milligrams (MG) one tablet scheduled twice daily for pain. The medication was stored in the client’s locked kitchen cabinet, in a locked box, and the 39 tablets were packaged in bubble packs. The client had two bubble pack cards, one for the morning dose and one for the evening dose.
Interview with facility staff revealed the AP was in the public bathroom on the second floor when a staff heard a rustling sound of bubble pack. Later another staff went into the public bathroom on the second floor and discovered one Oxycodone 5.535 mg tablet on the floor. The staff notified the nurse. The nurse knew the client was the only one client on the second floor with a physician’s order for Oxycodone were missing from the client’s locked medication storage box. Staff searched the bathroom on the second floor and discovered both bubble packs from the client in the trash wrapped in paper towels and emptied of 39 tablets. Staff reported the AP was the only staff assigned to the client that shift. The nurse called the client administrator. The clinical administrator called the police.
A police report revealed police were contacted to come to the facility for theft of medication from a client. Police responded and interviewed staff and the AP. The AP admitted to the police s/he took the 39 tablets of Oxycodone from client, ingested five of them and hid the remaining tablets in his/her vehicle. Police searched to AP’s car, discovered the Oxycodone tablets belonging to the client, arrested the AP, and forwarded their investigation findings to the county attorney for formal charges.
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 errors, improper use of medical equipment, falls 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.