REM Hennepin Minnetonka Neglect After Failing to Provide Medication
In a report dated February 13, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health, alleged that staff at REM Hennepin Minnetonka failed to administer thirteen doses of his seizure medication. The client had a seizure, became unresponsive and was hospitalized.
REM Hennepin Minnetonka Failure to Provide Needed Seizure Medication
Based on a preponderance of the evidence, neglect occurred when the facility ran out of the client’s anti seizure medication, and the client missed thirteen doses of the medication. As a result, the client had a seizure and required hospitalization.
The client has multiple diagnoses including epilepsy, personality disorder and impaired judgment, memory and reasoning.
Review of the facility’s report and the client’s medical record revealed that several staff were aware that the client’s anti-seizure medication was out of stock. However, the staff continued to document the medication as being given over a three day period. The client missed thirteen doses of the medication over those three days. As a result, the client had a seizure and required hospitalization. The client was admitted to the hospital and an intravenous medication was given to stop the seizure. The client was successfully treated, medication changes were made, and s/he was discharged from the hospital the next day.
The client was not interviewed, as s/he no longer lived at the facility.
After the incident, new policies and procedures were put into place. Through interviews, facility staff indicated they had been re-trained on the protocol for re-ordering medications prior to the site visit.
REM Hennepin Minnetonka – Report Suspected Abuse and Neglect
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If you have concerns about medication errors or any form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.