MDH Cites Goldpine Home after Client Suffers Fatal Fall Injuries
In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that a client at Goldpine Home in Bemidji, Minnesota was neglected when facility staff failed to use mechanical lift appropriately which caused client to fall. Client passed away due to head injury from the fall.
Failure to Maintain Mechanical Lift at Goldpine Home Leads to Death of Client
Neglect was substantiated. The facility failed to adequately train staff, failed to determine the appropriate sling size, and failed to maintain the mechanical lift according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
The investigation included interviews with facility staff, including administrative staff, nursing staff and unlicensed staff; observation of mechanical life transfers; and review of the client’s medical record. A re-enactment of mechanical life transfer was performed.
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A common form of neglect in elder care facilities involves falls and fractures when using mechanical lifts. Most forms of elder abuse are preventable with proper care and supervision. Hoyer lifts and other types of assistive medical devices need to be properly maintained by qualified technicians. Staff needs to be well trained on the proper set up and use of the lifts before any transfers occur.
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