Field Crest Care Center Hayfield Complaint Findings for Neglect in Bath – Burns
In a report concluded on April 15, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Field Crest Care Center Hayfield for neglect of health care.
It is alleged that neglect occurred when a resident sustained burns and blisters on his mid calves and feet when the alleged perpetrator lowered the resident into a bath tub. The resident has been admitted to the hospital for treatment of burns/blisters.
Substantiated Neglect Field Crest Care Center Hayfield – Burn Injuries
Based on a preponderance of evidence, neglect occurred when the resident sustained second degree burns to both lower legs, during a staff-assited tub bath at the facility. The burns required emergency medical evaluation and hospitalization; the resident suffered pain from the burns.
The resident exhibited cognitive impairment, limitations with left-sided mobility (including paralysis) and nerve damage. The nerve damage resulted in a loss of sensation to the resident’s lower legs, which could sometimes affect the resident’s ability for sensing water temperature. The resident required one staff person to assist with bathing services and two staff persons to assist with transfers in and out of the tub.
Staff interviews, established that, on one day prior to the resident’s burn injuries, multiple facility staff knew that problems existed with the water temperature in the bath tub, which was used the following day for the resident’s bath. Also on the day prior to the resident’s bath, staff observed a temperature reading of the bath tub water that was approximately twenty degrees above the highest allowable water temperature set by the facility and staff discovered no cold water flowed of this tub’s facet. The bath aide on this day did not use this tub room for resident baths and reported this problem to licensed nursing staff. Staff took no further action regarding the prevention or evaluation of this water hazard, until after the resident’s incident involving burn injuries.
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If you have concerns about scalding burns, shower or bath injury or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 6123-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.