Nursing Accused of Stealing Pain Medication from Patients
According to a story in the Minneapolis – St. Paul , NBCnews.com called: Nurse Accused of Stealing Pain Medication from Patients. A Minneapolis nurse working at St. Cloud Hospital, has been accused of stealing pain medications from patients when he was an employee at the hospital. The man is accused of stealing pain medications by siphoning pain medication from IV bags.
More concerning is an indirect allegations are emerging that the nurse may have been the reason for 23 patients contracting bacterial infections, an allegation his attorney denies.
Opinion of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore:
One of the most common forms of abuse to residents in nursing home and hospitals involving medication errors or in this case, stealing of pain medication and resulting threats of infectious disease.
State and Federal Law Regarding: Stealing Pain Medications
State and Federal law are there to protect residents from nurses and other caregivers that abuse the ultimate trust and steal from the most vulnerable in our society.
As an advocate for elderly and vulnerable persons I applaud the efforts of law enforcement and hope this sends a message to others presently abusing our seniors and injured.
Advice From Minnesota Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth L. LaBore:
Stealing Pain Medication and Medication Errors in Nursing Homes are far too common. The most common errors I see in my practice as a nursing home neglect and abuse attorney: over medication, medication given to wrong patients, medications given in the nursing home without proper prescription by doctor or nurse practitioner.
To participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, nursing homes must be in compliance with the federal requirements for long term care facilities as prescribed in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (42 CFR Part 483).
A nursing home must conduct an initial comprehensive and accurate assessment of each resident’s functional capacity. (42 CFR § 483.20). The facility must further develop a comprehensive care plan for each resident that includes measurable objectives and timetables to meet a resident’s medical, nursing, and mental and psychosocial needs that are identified in the comprehensive assessment. (42 CFR § 483.20 (k)) and Minnesota Rule 4658.0405, Subp. 1. (this includes providing and not stealing pain medications)
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If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility that serves the elderly in Minnesota please contact our firm for a free consultation and information regarding the obligations of the facility and your rights as a resident or concerned family member.