Drug Diversion Allegation Against Kingsway Home Care
In a report dated December 24, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health alleged that Kingsway Home Care clients were financially exploited when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took multiple narcotic medications for her/his own use.
Substantiated Neglect Against Kingsway Home Care
Based on a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation did occur when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took four-50 mg Tramadol tablets from a client for her/his own personal use. It was also alleged the AP took hydrocodone tablets from another client but that could not be substantiated.
The client received services from the licensee for medication administration and had a physician’s order for 50 mg of Tramadol to be used as needed for pain.
Document review revealed a document titled “Individual Narcotic Record” in which the registered nurse indicated a discrepancy of four missing 50 mg Tramadol tablets belonging to the client. The licensee conducted an internal investigation, determined staff did not count the 50 mg Tramadol as required per policy, determined the AP took the missing medications from the client, and noticed the police. The AP was suspended by the licensee and subsequently resigned.
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 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.
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