MDH Cites St John’s Lutheran Home after Resident Suffers 2nd Degree Burn
In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that a resident at St john’s Lutheran Home in Albert Lea was neglected when the facility neglected to develop and implement interventions to minimize the risk of injury for a resident who sustained a burn to the sternum.
State and federal regulations pertaining to vulnerable adults have some recurring themes related to prevention of abuse and neglect. To provide the care a resident requires an assessment of the needs must be performed and a care plan or treatment plan developed to create a guide for the care and treatment the resident needs to be safe and comfortable. When there is a problem or a change in condition the facility should have a new assessment and develop new preventative measures called “interventions” to protect the resident from foreseeable harm.
Resident Suffers Burns to Chest and Abdomen
Neglect was substantiated. The resident required feeding assistance, but the facility did not change the care plan or implement interventions for hot beverages. The facility staff gave the resident hot coffee, which she spilled on herself, and sustained second degree burns across her chest and abdomen.
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Scalding and other burns are common in elder care facilities due to a lack of supervision, monitoring and assessing risks to residents. Most forms of elder abuse are preventable with proper care and supervision.
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