The Quinlan Home St Paul Complaint Findings for Neglect – Medications
In a report concluded on June 22, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health cites The Quinlan Home St Paul for neglect of health care – medications.
It is alleged that neglect occurred when the facility failed to set-up a physician visit in a timely manner for Resident #1, resulting in Resident #1 running out of her medications. In addition, the facility also failed to ensure Resident #1 was taking her medications as ordered by her physician.
Quinlan Home St Paul Substantiated Neglect Medication Error
According to an article from AgingCare.com, for elderly people, medications can be a lifeline to good health…or a disaster waiting to happen. When doses are skipped, or too much medication is taken, the results can be deadly.
Medication problems are widespread. According to the Department of Health and Human Services:
• 55 percent of the elderly are “non-compliant” with their prescription drugs orders, meaning they don’t take the medication according to the doctor’s orders
• Approximately 200,000 older adults are hospitalized annually due to adverse drug reactions
There are many reasons why seniors don’t take their medications as prescribed. Here are some common causes of medication mistakes, and what to do about them.
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 or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.