Hot Coffee Leads to Burns of Resident at Gracepointe Cross Gables East in Cambridge Minnesota
In a report dated, August 1, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Health alleged that a resident was neglected when a facility staff failed to provide safe temperatures of food/drink. The resident developed blisters when s/he spilled their hot coffee.
MDH Cites Gracepointe Cross After Resident Burnt By Coffee
Based on a preponderance of the evidence neglect occurred when staff gave the resident hot coffee without a lid on two separate occasions and the resident sustained first and second degree burns to the chest and abdomen.
The resident’s care plan directed staff to give the resident all fluids in a hard covered mug with hard lid to prevent spills. Staff encouraged the resident to eat and drink independently. The resident’s ability to eat and drink, and provided physical assistance when the cues were not effective. The resident was severely cognitively impaired.
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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.