Ulcers on Resident at Shakopee Benedictine
According to a MDH report alleging that Shakopee Benedictine Living Community neglected a resident when the resident developed a sacral pressure ulcer and necrotic tissue on his fingers, toes and penis. The resident subsequently died.
The Minnesota Department of Health determined neglect was substantiated. The facility was responsible for the maltreatment of. The facility failed to ensure appropriate monitoring and oversight for the residents wound care. Although an external home care agency was referred to provide wound management services to the resident, the home care agency never opened the resident to services. The facility did not oversee wound management services to ensure the resident’s wound care was being managed, not updated assessments of the resident’s wounds and skin completed by the facility. The resident was hospitalized and died.
The resident’s death record indicated the cause of death was non-healing ulcers of multiple sites of lower extremity. During interview a facility nurse stated she did not know if the facility nurses provided wound care for the resident. The nurse was aware the resident had wounds, but she had never seen them. The nurse stated the resident wounds were managed solely by a home care agency and the agency assumed full responsibility for wound management. The facility did not maintain wound care records.
When interviewed a home care agency nurse stated the resident did not receive homecare services for wound care because the resident was referred to hospice services. Shortly after, the agency was then notified the resident declined to enroll in hospice. When a home care nurse returned to the facility to discuss services with the resident, the resident decline home care. The nurse confirmed the resident was never opened to services with the home care agency, and never received, wound care from the home care agency. There was no documentation from the facility to indicate the resident’s physician was notified regarding wound care not being completed.
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If you have concerns about wound care, wrongful death or other neglect and abuse contact Attorney Kenneth LaBore for a free consultation at 612-743-9048 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.