Bedrail Strangulation at Assisted Living
According to a substantiated MDH report Suite Living Senior Living bedrail death was substantiated as neglect. The report states the facility neglected a resident when they failed to reassess a bedrail consistent with the manufacturer’s recommendations for monitoring and the resident became trapped and died.
State Investigation on Entrapment
The report continues that the Minnesota Department of Health determined that neglect was substantiated. The facility was responsible for the maltreatment. The facility was responsible for the maltreatment. The facility failed to have a system in place that included ensuring bedrails were securely attached with spaces small enough between the mattress and bedrails to prevent entrapment. The facility failed to follow the recommended guidelines for the measuring zones (open space) of potential entrapment areas for entrapment and failed to monitor the bedrails for increased space in the zones, due to use.
The report states that the cause of death was positional asphyxia, due to her head being wedged between the bedrail and mattress. In conclusion, neglect is substantiated by MDH.
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