Presbyterian Homes Arden Hills Complaint Findings for Unexplained Injury
In a report concluded on February 26, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Presbyterian Homes Arden Hills for unexplained injury – fracture.
It is alleged that neglect occurred when a staff, the alleged perpetrator (AP), pivot transferred a resident instead of using the mechanical lift for the transfer. The resident sustained a fractured tibia.
Substantiated Neglect After Fracture at Presbyterian Homes Arden Hills
Based on a preponderance of evidence, neglect is substantiated. The AP did not follow the care plan regarding transferring the resident without using a mechanical lift. The resident sustained a fractured leg.
The resident had a diagnoses that included Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis. The resident was dependent of staff for all cares. The resident was non-weight bearing. The care plan showed the resident was to be transferred with the assist of two and mechanical lift.
On the date of the incident, the AP was getting residents prepared to go to lunch. The AP dressed the resident while the resident was in the bed. The AP then sat the resident on the edge of the bed, placed a transfer belt on the resident and stood the resident to pivot transfer into the wheelchair. During the transfer to the wheelchair the resident made a noise as if in pain. The AP set the resident into the wheelchair and checked the resident’s leg by looking and touching the leg which caused the resident to make a noise indicating pain a second time. The AP immediately summoned the nurse; the nurse determined the resident required further assessment for injury and called the physician who ordered and x-ray. A portable x-ray was completed and showed a fractured tibia and fibula bones in the residents’ lower right leg. The nurse notified the family and the resident was taken to the hospital for evaluation. The resident was admitted to the hospital and died two days later. The death certificate lists the cause of death as the tibia/fibula fracture.
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 or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.