St John Home Care Minnetonka Complaint Findings for Neglect – Health Care
In a report concluded on April 29, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites St John Home Care Minnetonka for neglect of health care.
The allegation is neglect based on the following: a client has his foot amputated when developed a severe infection after not being adequately assessed and treated for a wound caused by a piece of metal in his foot.
Substantiated Neglect Against St John Home Care Minnetonka
The facility provided written blood sugar readings that varied significantly from the client’s blood sugar monitor readings and there was no documentation that the physician had been notified for the blood sugar reading over 300.
Facility interview and documentation review revealed the client was cognitively impaired and required stand by assistance with activities of daily living. The client complained of foot pain and medical provider looked at the foot at the facility. Interviews revealed the medical provider indicated the area on the foot was callous. Documentation revealed in the week that followed the client was assessed by the nurse 3 times and his vital signs were taken each day. The vital sign sheet was reviewed and revealed that the client’s vital signs remained within his normal limits on each day. The nursing notes and interview revealed that the client’s foot assessed the day prior to hospitalization due to pain and not redness or ulceration was noted in his vital signs remained within normal limits. On the day of hospital admission the client’s foot was assessed due to increased pain and difficulty walking and found to be red with bleeding noted. His vital signs remained within normal limits as well. The client was taken to the emergency room for treatment
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.