Client Fractures Neck after Fall at Ingleside
In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that a client at Ingleside in Fairmont Minnesota was neglected when a client sustained a fall, which resulted in lacerations to the head and fractured C6.
Failure to Supervise at Ingleside Leads to Fractured Neck
Neglect was substantiated. The alleged perpetrator (AP) was responsible for the maltreatment. The AP failed to use a gait belt, as agreed upon in the client’s care plan and indicated in the nurse’s assessment, while transferring the client from bed to a wheelchair and then from the wheelchair to the toilet. The client subsequently fell to the floor, sustaining an injury and required transport to the hospital. The AP failed to report the fall.
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A common form of neglect in elder care facilities involves a fall during transfers. Staff needs to be well trained on the use of wheelchairs, mechanical lifts and other items used to assist with mobility or transfer of residents. Transfers can include from bed to wheelchair, or from the wheelchair to the toilet, in or out of mechanical lifts and others. Most forms of elder abuse 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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