Sterling Park Commons Waite Park Complaint Findings for Exploitation
In a report concluded on April 29, 2011, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Sterling Park Commons Waite Park for exploitation by staff.
The allegation is exploitation based on the following: a staff person, the alleged perpetrator (AP) was observed on a videotape taking Client #1’s narcotic Medication
Substantiated Complaint Against Sterling Park Commons
Medication theft is also known as “drug diversion” according to the Centers for Disease Control, Risks of Healthcare-associated Infections from Drug Diversion
Drug Diversion A growing risk to patient safety. When prescription medicines are obtained or used illegally, it is called drug diversion. Addiction to prescription narcotics called opioids has reached epidemic proportions and is a major driver of drug diversion. This webpage focuses on diversion involving healthcare providers who steal controlled substances such as opioids for their own use. This can result in several types of patient harm including:
•Substandard care delivered by an impaired healthcare provider,
•Denial of essential pain medication or therapy, or
•Risks of infection (e.g., with hepatitis C virus or bacterial pathogens) if a provider tampers with injectable drugs.
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 financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.