Allegations of Medication Theft at Sunrise Assisted Living
In a report dated November 28, 2016, from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that Sunrise Assisted Living in Roseville it is alleged that seven clients were financially exploited when staff, alleged perpetrator (AP), took the client’s medications.
Substantiated Neglect After Medications Being Taken from Residents at Sunrise Assisted Living
Based on a preponderance of evidence, financial exploitation is substantiated. The alleged perpetrator (AP) took pain medications belonging to seven different clients over the course of multiple incidents.
All seven clients received medication administration from the home care provider. Client #1 had a physician’s order for morphine 5 milligrams (mg). Client #2 had a physician’s order for tramadol 50 mg. Client #3 had a physician’s order for hydrocodone/APAP 5/325 mg. Client #4 had a physician’s order for oxycodone 2.5 mg (5 mg, half tablets). Client #5 had a physician’s order for oxycodone 5 mg. Client #6 had a physician’s order for hydrocodone/APAP 5/325 (half tablets). Client #7 had a physician’s order for hydrocodone/APAP 5 325 mg.
Interviews with staff were conducted. A nurse tried to refill the physician’s order for Client #7. The pharmacy called back later and told the nurse that it was too soon to refill the order. The nurse reviewed the facility medication administration records and the original physician’s order and determined Client #7 should have 30 tablets remaining. When checking the narcotic count sheet, the nurse noticed the AP had logged in the narcotic medications. This was unusual because the nurse received the medications from the pharmacy and always logged the medications in after receiving them from the pharmacy. The nurse notified the supervisor.
A review of the pharmacy delivery inventory sheets and the narcotic count book sheets revealed the following missing medications for each client: Client #1 had 30 tablets of morphine 5 mg missing; Client #2 had 30 tablets of tramadol 50 mg missing; Client #3 had 150 tablets of hydrocodone/APAP 5 325 missing; Client #4 had 120 half tablets of oxycodone 2.5 mg (5 mg half tablets) missing; Client #5 had 60 half tablets of oxycodone missing; Client #6 had 90 half tablets of hydrocodone/APAP 5 325 mg missing; and Client #7 had 90 tablets of hydrocodone/acetaminophen 5/325 mg missing.
The AP had falsified signatures, altered count documents, and falsified count inventory numbers and dates for all seven clients. Staff checked the document destruction bins and discovered empty bubble packs for Client #3, Client #4, and Client #5 along with what appeared to be practiced pages of staff signatures. The AP confessed s/he was responsible for all the missing medications to management.
A police report indicated police were notified by the home care provider that medications were missing. The home care provider provided police with documentation detailing the missing medications. The police interviewed the AP, and the AP admitted to taking medications from the clients.
The AP was interviewed and admitted to taking medications from clients.
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, theft of medication 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.