Hillcrest Health Care Center Mankato Complaint Findings for Neglect – Due to Falls from Hoyer Lift
In a report concluded on February 16, 2011, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Hillcrest Health Care Center Mankato for neglect of health care – falls.
Resident Suffers Fall During Hoyer Lift Transfer at Hillcrest Health Care Center
The allegation is neglect of health care based on the following: Resident #1 fell while being prepared for a transfer via a Hoyer lift. Resident #1 sustained a fracture of the thoracic vertebra, a rib fracture and head concussion.
According to the CDC, one of the major issues in nursing homes is the frequent heavy lifting and repositioning of residents that exceed the lifting capacity of most caregivers. Numerous studies have shown that training caregivers how to use proper body mechanics to lift residents is not an effective prevention measure because lifting the weight of adult patients is intrinsically unsafe. Because of the trend towards shorter hospital stays, residents who are being transferred to nursing homes are becoming increasingly frail. Factors that contribute to the difficulty of lifting and moving a resident include the size and weight of the resident, combativeness, and propensity to fall or lose balance. In addition, performing resident transfers in the confines of small bathrooms and rooms cluttered with medical equipment and furniture works against the caregiver being able to use good body mechanics. When lifting or repositioning a resident in bed, the bed generally prevents the caregiver from bending his/her knees to assume the proper posture for lifting.
The forward bending required for many patient lifting and moving activities places the caregiver’s spine in its most vulnerable position. Even under ideal lifting conditions, the weight of any adult far exceeds the lifting capacity of most caregivers, 90 percent of whom are female.
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 falls, fractures, head injuries or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.