Little Falls Care Center Complaint Findings for Neglect
In a report concluded on December 18, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Little Falls Care Center for neglect of health care – INR.
It is alleged that neglect occurred when a resident presented at the hospital with an INR of 9.4 (a blood test to determine the clotting tendency of blood), hemoglobin of 4.2 and physical symptoms of internal bleeding. It was reported that she had not had any INR labs done in the last 12 days due to a transcription error. In addition, the facility did not adequately assess and get medical treatment in a timely manner when the VA had a change in condition.
Based on a preponderance of the evidence, neglect is substantiated. The resident received the anticoagulant medication Coumadin without the benefit of lab work to ensure therapeutic effects. A physicians order monitor the resident’s blood was incorrectly transcribed.
Little Falls Care Center Complaint Findings for Neglect – Falls
In a report concluded on January 28, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Little Falls Care Center for neglect of health care – falls.
The allegation is neglect based on the following: Resident #1 fell while being transferred with a Hoyer lift, resulting in a hip fracture. Employee-U/nursing assistant (NA-U), the alleged perpetrator (AP) did not cross the leg straps resulting in the resident sliding out of the sling.
Lutheran Care Center Little Falls Complaint Findings for Physical Abuse, Patient Rights
In a report concluded on June 1, 2011, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Little Falls Care Center for neglect of health care, physical abuse by staff, patient rights.
The allegation is neglect based on the following: Resident #1 experienced three falls; twice out of her wheelchair and once out of a mechanical lift. She hit her head during two of these falls. Also, Resident #1’s rights were violated when the facility discouraged hospice services as requested. Facility staff indicated they could provide adequate end of life services, however, Resident #1 was not provided with oxygen when needed.
There is an allegation of abuse based on the following: Some residents are forced to take medications prior to meals. And, residents are laid down in bed for naps with their pants pulled down to their knees so they do not get their clothing wet.
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, medication errors or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.