MDH Cites Gundersen Harmony Care after Lack of Response to Change in Condition
In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that a client at Gundersen Harmony Care was neglected when the facility staff administered incorrect doses of medication resulting in hospitalization.
Failure to Respond to Resident at Gundersen Harmony Care Center who a Suffered Stroke
Neglect was substantiated against AP1 and AP2. AP1, a licensed practical nurse, and AP2, a registered nurse, failed to notify the resident’s representative and health care provider after the resident experienced a significant change in condition. The resident’s continuous oxygen tank was turned off for an unknown period of time. The resident was found unresponsive by AP1. AP1 and AP2 monitored the resident, but no notifications regarding his change in condition. The resident was later hospitalized and diagnosed with a stroke
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A common form of neglect in elder care facilities involves a failure to provide a proper response to a change in condition. Usually at a minimum, unless a client is DNR/DNI staff should call for emergency assistance (Call “911”). In all cases, the family and treating physician need to be notified immediately. Most forms of elder abuse and neglect are preventable with proper care and supervision.
In my experience the most neglect and the resulting injuries to residents in nursing homes is preventable. Injuries from falls are common and can be very serious. It is essential that staff is trained to assess fall risks, prevent falls through the use of interventions and supervision. The organization Minnesota Falls Prevention has information and resources on how to avoid falls.
According to the organization Minnesota Falls Prevention, falls are the leading cause of injury for children and for adults 35-years and older. Falls and fall-related injuries among adults over age 65 are on the rise. Currently Minnesota ranks fifth among states in the number of fall-related deaths.
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