Ramsey County Care Center Maplewood Complaint Findings for Neglect
In a report concluded on May 31, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Ramsey County Care Center Maplewood for neglect of health care – nutrition.
It is alleged that neglect occurred when a resident was provided food that was the wrong consistency. The resident coughed up a quarter size potato, began to show symptoms of aspiration and had audible wheezes bilaterally, at which time the resident was sent to the hospital.
Substantiated Complaint Against Ramsey County Care Center Maplewood
Based on a preponderance of the evidence, neglect occurred when staff served the resident food that was the wrong consistency. The resident choked, developed aspirational pneumonia and died.
Interview with the facility nurse practitioner confirmed that the resident was given the wrong texture of food and the resident aspirated. The death certificate revealed the cause of death was sepsis.
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 choking, aspiration 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.