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Medication Theft from Client at Arbor Park Living Center

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 8th January 2019 | Category: Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect | RSS Feed
Medication Theft from Client at arbor Park Living Center
Medication Theft from Client at arbor Park Living Center

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that a client at Arbor Park Living Center was exploited when the alleged perpetrator took narcotic medications for his/her own use, resulting in increased pain.

Arbor Park Living Center Resident Victim of Drug Theft – Medication Theft

Based on a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation occurred when a client’s narcotic medication Percocet (oxycodone-acetaminophen combination) was stolen by the alleged perpetrator (AP).

For a Free Consultation with an Experienced Elder Neglect Attorney call Kenneth LaBore Toll Free at 1-888-452-6589.

Arbor Park Living Center Staff Member Steals Pain Medication

There are many forms of elder abuse and neglect. Having medications stolen or pain killers taken by staff is a common problem which has many negative outcomes. The resident is without much needed medication and the staff member is not able to care for the resident if they are taking narcotic medications. This leads to new and different injuries such as falls, fractures, sores, infections and more.

Report Suspected Elder Abuse

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection
Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

If you suspect elder or vulnerable adult neglect or abuse contact the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-844-880-1574.

If you have concerns about care provided to a resident in a nursing home, assisted living or any other type of elder care provider contact Attorney Kenneth LaBore for a Free Consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.

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Medication Theft from Clients at Auburn Courts

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 9th November 2018 | Category: Nursing Home Elder Neglect, Uncategorized | RSS Feed
Medication Theft from Five Clients at Auburn Courts in Chaska
Medication Theft from Five Clients at Auburn Courts in Chaska

Drug Diversion – Theft at Auburn Courts

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health there was an allegation of drug diversion at Auburn Courts in Chaska after a total of five clients and multiple alleged perpetrators. Approximately 77.5 narcotics and five Lasix went missing.

For a Free Consultation with an Experienced Elder Neglect Attorney call Kenneth LaBore Toll Free at 1-888-452-6589.

Pain Medications Stolen from Clients at Auburn Courts

Based on the preponderance of evidence, the allegation of financial exploitation [drug diversion] was substantiated against both the alleged perpetrator (AP) and the facility. Over the course of multiple months in 2017 and 2018, the AP took controlled substances for his/her own personal use. The facility over the course of several years and multiple drug diversion incidents did not improve, change, or enhance practices to reduce or prevent opioid based narcotic medications from being taken. Even after numerous documented performance problems with the AP related to the handling of controlled substances, the facility continued to allow the AP to have access and administer controlled substances to vulnerable adults.

Report Suspected Elder Abuse

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection
Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

If you suspect elder or vulnerable adult neglect or abuse contact the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-844-880-1574.

If you have concerns about care provided to a resident in a nursing home, assisted living or any other type of elder care provider contact Attorney Kenneth LaBore for a Free Consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.

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Drug Diversion Anoka Rehab & Living Center

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 7th August 2018 | Category: Medication Drug Error | RSS Feed
Anoka Rehab & Living Center Medication Theft Drug Diversion
Theft of Medication – Anoka Rehab & Living

Medication Theft by Staff at Anoka Rehab

The Minnesota Department of Health found maltreatment for drug diversion at Anoka Rehab & Living Center.  It is alleged that a resident was exploited when the alleged perpetrator took his/her medication from the narcotic box.   Based on a preponderance of evidence, a resident was financially exploited when the alleged perpetrator (AP) stole the resident’s opioid pain medication for their own personal use. 

Medication Theft Improper Drug Use at Anoka Rehab & Living Center

Drug diversion is another way to say medication theft. Usually pain opioid medication such as Oxycodine or similar drugs.  Medication theft is a serious issue for seniors since they can be left to suffer from their medical conditions or surgeries and their providers believe that they are being provided the medication.  

Medication Stolen Pain Drugs at Anoka Rehab & Living

Not only does this effect the care of the residents whom the medication is taken if care providers are taking the medications themselves at work it puts all the residents at risk from lack of supervision or increased risk of error.  

Here are additional MDH complaints against Anoka Rehab

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, 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.

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Narcotic Medication Stolen by Staff at Apple Valley Villa

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 19th September 2017 | Category: Nursing Home Elder Neglect, Uncategorized | RSS Feed
Medication Theft - Stolen Pain Medications at Apple Valley Villa
Medication Theft – Stolen Pain Medications at Apple Valley Villa

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that a client was exploited when the alleged perpetrator took narcotic medications from the client’s apartment.

Apple Valley Villa Resident Victim of Drug Theft

Based on a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took a client’s oxycodone and tramadol tablets.

For a Free Consultation with an Experienced Elder Neglect Attorney call Kenneth LaBore Toll Free at 1-888-452-6589.

Apple Valley Villa Staff Member Steals Pain Medication

There are many forms of elder abuse and neglect. Having medications stolen or pain killers taken by staff is a common problem which has many negative outcomes. The resident is without much needed medication and the staff member is not able to care for the resident if they are taking narcotic medications. This leads to new and different injuries such as falls, fractures, sores, infections and more.

Report Suspected Elder Abuse

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection
Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protectionh

If you suspect elder or vulnerable adult neglect or abuse contact the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-844-880-1574.

If you have concerns about care provided to a resident in a nursing home, assisted living or any other type of elder care provider contact Attorney Kenneth LaBore for a Free Consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.

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Vista Prairie at Windmill Pond Medication Diversion

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 27th February 2017 | Category: Medication Drug Error | RSS Feed

Theft of Medication - Vista Prairie at Windmill Pond Financial Exploitation

Theft of Medication – Vista Prairie at Windmill Pond Financial Exploitation

Vista Prairie at Windmill Pond Financial Exploitation

According to a report dated January 23, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health it was alleged that a client at Vista Prairie at Windmill Pond Alexandria was financially exploited when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took the client’s medication.

Vista Prairie at Windmill Pond Substantiated Allegation Medication Theft

Based on a preponderance of evidence, financial exploitation occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took the client’s opioid medication.

The client received medication management from the home care provider according to the service agreement and service plan.  The client had a physician’s order for oxycodone oral solution (five milligrams / five milliliters), to be taken every four hours as needed for pain.

Document review and observations made during the on-site investigation revealed a nurse drew up liquid oxycodone in syringes for the client, and placed them in a double-locked medication storage cabinet.  Keys were only available to on-duty unlicensed staff.  The keys were always kept in the immediate possession of staff.

Interviews were conducted with two nurses.  One nurse was setting up oral medication oxycodone syringes for the client, and noticed syringes s/he had previously set-up appeared to lighter in color than the new syringes s/he just set up.  The nurse examined the syringes s/he set up six days prior and noticed there were bubbles in the solution and the measurements were not as exact as his/her usual practice.  The nurse said when s/he fills the syringes there are never any bubbles in the solution.  They are precise measurements they are verified by a second nurse, and s/he re-checks them each three to four times right before placing the syringes in the medication storage cabinet.  The nurse shared his/her concerns with the second nurse, who also observed that the syringes set-up six days prior were lighter in color than the new syringes.  The nurse suspected the newly hired AP had diverted the medication.  The nurses discovered the AP who was working as a newly hired AP had diverted the medication.  The nurses discovered the AP, who was working as an unlicensed resident assistant, has a suspended nursing license, due to previous drug diversion in Minnesota and another state; the AP had failed to disclose the suspended license to the home care provider.  The nurses notified the police.

A police report indicated police were called to the facility for a suspected drug diversion.  The police interviewed the AP and s/he admitted to taking the medications from the client.  Police forwarded this investigation to County Attorney for charging.   The AP subsequently entered a plea of guilty for Felony Controlled Substance Crime in the 5th degree.

The AP was interviewed and admitted to taking medication from the client and diluting the solution in the syringes set up by the nurse.  The AP stated s/he plead guilty to the Felony Controlled Substance charge.

Vista Prairie at Windmill Pond Alexandria Report Suspected Abuse and Neglect

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

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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 any form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Nursing Home Medication Error Lawyer

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 5th February 2017 | Category: Medication Administration Mistakes, Medication Drug Error, Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, Wrongful Death | RSS Feed

 

Nursing Home Medication Error Lawyer

Nursing Home Medication Error Lawyer

Minnesota Nursing Home Medication Error Lawyer

According to federal law nursing homes need to take several measures to protect residents from medication errors.  Pursuant to federal regulation 42 CFR 483 45:

(d) Unnecessary drugs—General.  Each resident’s drug regimen must be free from unnecessary drugs. An unnecessary drug is any drug when used—

(1) In excessive dose (including duplicate drug therapy); or

(2) For excessive duration; or

(3) Without adequate monitoring; or

(4) Without adequate indications for its use; or

(5) In the presence of adverse consequences which indicate the dose should be reduced or discontinued; or

(6) Any combinations of the reasons stated in paragraphs (d)(1) through (5) of this section.

(e) Psychotropic drugs.  Based on a comprehensive assessment of a resident, the facility must ensure that—

(1) Residents who have not used psychotropic drugs are not given these drugs unless the medication is necessary to treat a specific condition as diagnosed and documented in the clinical record;

(2) Residents who use psychotropic drugs receive gradual dose reductions, and behavioral interventions, unless clinically contraindicated, in an effort to discontinue these drugs;

(3) Residents do not receive psychotropic drugs pursuant to a PRN order unless that medication is necessary to treat a diagnosed specific condition that is documented in the clinical record; and

(4) PRN orders for psychotropic drugs are limited to 14 days. Except as provided in §483.45(e)(5), if the attending physician or prescribing practitioner believes that it is appropriate for the PRN order to be extended beyond 14 days, he or she should document their rationale in the resident’s medical record and indicate the duration for the PRN order.

(5) PRN orders for anti-psychotic drugs are limited to 14 days and cannot be renewed unless the attending physician or prescribing practitioner evaluates the resident for the appropriateness of that medication.

(f) Medication errors. The facility must ensure that its—

(1) Medication error rates are not 5 percent or greater; and

(2) Residents are free of any significant medication errors.

Federal law mandates:

• Decrease medication errors and adverse drug events
• Assure proper medication selection
• Monitor drug interactions, overmedication, and undermedication
• Improve the documentation of medication administration

Information About Medication From Nursing Home Medication Error Lawyer

According to CMS, medications are an integral part of the care provided to nursing home residents. They are administered to achieve positive outcomes, such as curing an illness, diagnosing a disease or a condition, modifying a disease process, reducing or eliminating symptoms, or preventing a disease or symptom. However, any medication or combination of medications may result in adverse consequences. Therefore residents must only receive medications when there are clear clinical indications and when the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

The facility is expected to have a proactive, systematic and effective approach to monitoring, reporting, and acting upon the effects, risks, and adverse consequences of medications. The pharmacist may need to conduct the medication regimen review more frequently (for example weekly), depending on the resident’s condition and the risks for adverse consequences related to current medications. The requirement for the medication regimen review applies to all residents, including residents receiving respite care, residents at the end of life or who have elected the hospice benefit, residents with an anticipated stay of less than 30 days, or residents who have experienced a change in condition. Complex residents generally benefit from a pharmacist’s review during the transition from hospital to skilled nursing facility

Nursing Home Medication Error

There are several types of medication errors and mistakes in nursing homes and assisted living facilities including residents not being given medication, the wrong doses, wrong medication, theft and replacement of medications also call drug diversion.  Medication errors often lead to hospitalizations for the nursing home resident.

Nursing Home Medication Error Reporting

Pursuant to Minn. Statute 144.7065, Subd. 5(1), events reportable under this subdivision include:

  • patient death or serious injury associated with a medication error, including, but not limited to, errors involving the wrong drug, the wrong dose, the wrong patient, the wrong time, the wrong rate, the wrong preparation, or the wrong route of administration, excluding reasonable differences in clinical judgment on drug selection and dose.

In addition to the reporting requirements for the facility you should also report any medication errors to the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Health Facility Complaints, OHFC.  See the attached for more information about reporting elder abuse and neglect.

Nursing Home Medication Error Lawyer

If you have questions about medication errors in a assisted living facility or other elder provider or nursing home or other elder abuse and neglect issues contact Minnesota Nursing Medication Lawyer Kenneth LaBore for a free consultation.  There is no fee unless there is a verdict or settlement offer from the wrongdoer.  Mr. LaBore can be reached directly at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Assisted Living Medication Error

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 5th February 2017 | Category: Assisted Living Care Issues, Medication Administration Mistakes, Medication Drug Error, Wrongful Death | RSS Feed

Assisted Living Medication Error

Assisted Living Medication Error

Minnesota Assisted Living Medication Error

Despite the fact that many assisted living care providers charge more for a room and care than a nursing home there is a trade off you are getting a nicer room and usually newer more luxurious dining room and other areas but there very little training required to be a staff member in the facility.

According to Minnesota Statute 144G.03, Subd. 2, assisted living shall be provided or made available only to individuals residing in a registered housing with services establishment. Except as expressly stated in this chapter, a person or entity offering assisted living may define the available services and may offer assisted living to all or some of the residents of a housing with services establishment. The services that comprise assisted living may be provided or made available directly by a housing with services establishment or by persons or entities with which the housing with services establishment has made arrangements.

(b) A person or entity entitled to use the phrase “assisted living,” according to section 144G.02, subdivision 1, shall do so only with respect to a housing with services establishment, or a service, service package, or program available within a housing with services establishment that, at a minimum:

(1) provides or makes available health-related services under a home care license. At a minimum, health-related services must include:

(i) assistance with self-administration of medication, medication management, or medication administration as defined in section 144A.43; and

(ii) assistance with at least three of the following seven activities of daily living: bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, transferring, continence care, and toileting.

All health-related services shall be provided in a manner that complies with applicable home care licensure requirements in chapter 144A and sections 148.171 to 148.285;

(2) provides necessary assessments of the physical and cognitive needs of assisted living clients by a registered nurse, as required by applicable home care licensure requirements in chapter 144A and sections 148.171 to 148.285;

(3) has and maintains a system for delegation of health care activities to unlicensed personnel by a registered nurse, including supervision and evaluation of the delegated activities as required by applicable home care licensure requirements in chapter 144A and sections 148.171 to 148.285;

(4) provides staff access to an on-call registered nurse 24 hours per day, seven days per week;

(5) has and maintains a system to check on each assisted living client at least daily;

(6) provides a means for assisted living clients to request assistance for health and safety needs 24 hours per day, seven days per week, from the establishment or a person or entity with which the establishment has made arrangements;

(7) has a person or persons available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, who is responsible for responding to the requests of assisted living clients for assistance with health or safety needs, who shall be:

(i) awake;

(ii) located in the same building, in an attached building, or on a contiguous campus with the housing with services establishment in order to respond within a reasonable amount of time;

(iii) capable of communicating with assisted living clients;

(iv) capable of recognizing the need for assistance;

(v) capable of providing either the assistance required or summoning the appropriate assistance; and

(vi) capable of following directions;

(8) offers to provide or make available at least the following supportive services to assisted living clients:

(i) two meals per day;

(ii) weekly housekeeping;

(iii) weekly laundry service;

(iv) upon the request of the client, reasonable assistance with arranging for transportation to medical and social services appointments, and the name of or other identifying information about the person or persons responsible for providing this assistance;

(v) upon the request of the client, reasonable assistance with accessing community resources and social services available in the community, and the name of or other identifying information about the person or persons responsible for providing this assistance; and

(vi) periodic opportunities for socialization; and

(9) makes available to all prospective and current assisted living clients information consistent with the uniform format and the required components adopted by the commissioner under section 144G.06. This information must be made available beginning no later than six months after the commissioner makes the uniform format and required components available to providers according to section 144G.06.

Assisted Living Medication Error

There are several types of medication errors and mistakes in assisted living facilities including residents not being given medication, the wrong doses, wrong time, improper preparation or administration, wrong medication, theft and replacement of medications also call drug diversion.

Assisted Living Medication Error Reporting

Pursuant to Minn. Statute 144.7065, Subd. 5(1), events reportable under this subdivision include:

  • patient death or serious injury associated with a medication error, including, but not limited to, errors involving the wrong drug, the wrong dose, the wrong patient, the wrong time, the wrong rate, the wrong preparation, or the wrong route of administration, excluding reasonable differences in clinical judgment on drug selection and dose.

In addition to the reporting requirements for the facility you should also report the medication error to the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Health Facility Complaints, OHFC.  See the attached for more information about reporting elder abuse and neglect.

Assisted Living Medication Error Lawyer

If you have questions about medication errors in a assisted living facility or other elder provider or nursing home or other elder abuse and neglect issues contact Kenneth LaBore for a free consultation.  There is no fee unless there is a verdict or settlement offer from the wrongdoer.  Mr. LaBore can be reached directly at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Sunrise Assisted Living Cited After Theft of Resident Medications

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 16th January 2017 | Category: Financial Exploitation | RSS Feed

Drug Diversion Medication Theft at Sunrise Assisted Living of Roseville

Drug Diversion Medication Theft at Sunrise Assisted Living of Roseville

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.

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Lyngblomsten Care Center Cited After Medication Theft

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 16th January 2017 | Category: Financial Exploitation | RSS Feed

Lyngblomsten Care Center Cited After Medication Theft also Known as Drug Diversion

Lyngblomsten Care Center Cited After Medication Theft also Known as Drug Diversion

Medication Taken From Resident at Lyngblomsten Leads to MDH Complaint

In a report dated November 7, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Health alleged that Lyngblomsten Care Center in St. Paul, Minnesota it is alleged that a resident was financially exploited when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took resident’s pain medications.

Substantiated Medication Theft at Lyngblomsten Care Center

Based on a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took narcotic pain medications from multiple residents several times.

A physician ordered hydrocodone/acetaminophen (a opioid/narcotic pain medication) 5/323 milligrams (mg) every four hours as needed for the resident’s moderate to severe breakthrough pain.  The facility staff administered for the resident’s medications.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., the resident requested prescribed pain medication and nurse went to retrieve the medication from an automated medication dispensing machine.  The nurse entered his/her identification and password to retrieve the medication and the dispensing machine indicated it was “too early.”  The nurse informed the supervisor, who contacted the pharmacy that services the medication dispensing machine.  The pharmacy was able to tell the supervisor the AP had retrieved the pain medication for the resident at 7:12 p.m.  The AP was working that evening on another unit and was not assigned to the resident.  The supervisor spoke with the AP.  The AP did not have a clear explanation.

The video surveillance in the medication room identified the AP entering the room, accessing the machine at 7:12 p.m., and placing the medication envelope in his/her right uniform pocket.  A machine report verified the AP was the person who retrieved medication for the resident.  The transaction report for the machine indicated the AP had retrieved the resident’s pain medication 73 times over a four month period.  The AP had not documented any of the medications were given to the resident on the electronic medication administration record.

The resident was interviewed and stated s/he was having tooth pain that evening and requested the pain medication.  The resident was given plain acetaminophen for pain relief.

Additional documentation review and staff interviews were conducted during the investigation.  The AP retrieved narcotic pain medication from the medication dispensing machine for six residents from January 2016 to April 2016, retrieving a total of 350 opioid tablets.  The AP did not document these tablets as administered to the six residents on the electronic medication administration record.  S/he reported s/he had forgotten to document.

The police report indicated the AP admitted to taking one or two Oxycodone HCL (another opioid narcotic) 5 mg tablets from residents during five separate incidents over a four month period of time.  In addition, the police searched the AP’s purse and found six opioid tablets that the AP admitted belonged to other residents in the facility.  The case was forwarded to the county attorney for charges.

During an interview, the AP reported s/he had been taken one or two Oxycodone HCL 5 mg tablets from a resident during five separate incidents over a four month period.  The AP stated s/he did not give medication to the resident on the evening of the incident.   The AP indicated the tablets, found by the police in his/her purse, did not come from the facility.

After video surveillance confirmed the AP’s conduct, s/he was terminated from the facility.

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, drug version / medication theft 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.

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Home Care Services in Springfield Cited With Complaint After Medication Theft

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 16th January 2017 | Category: Financial Exploitation | RSS Feed

 

Drug Diversion and Narcotic Medication Theft at Home Care Services

Drug Diversion and Narcotic Medication Theft at Home Care Services

Substantiate Complaint After Narcotics Theft at Home Care Services

In a report dated September 19, 2016 from the Minnesota Department of Health, it is alleged that two clients from Home Care Services in Springfield Minnesota were financially exploited when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took the client’s narcotic medications.

Narcotic Medication Theft at Home Care Services

Based on a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation is substantiated.  The alleged perpetrator (AP) took narcotic medications from two clients on several occasions.

Client #1 received services from the home care provider for daily wellness checks, oxygen tank service, assistance with compression stockings, and weekly blood pressure checks according to client’s service agreement.  Client #1 had a physician’s order for several strengths of oxycodone (an opioid narcotic) to be taken as needed multiple times per day.

Client #2 received services from the home care provider for transfer assistance when bathing according to the client’s service agreement.  Client #2 had a physician’s order for hydrocodone/APAP (an opioid narcotic).

Neither client received medication management service from the home care provider.

A family member reported they suspected a staff member was taking medications from both clients.  The housing director sat in Client #1’s apartment while they were out of the apartment at supper.  There was a medication bottle on a table in the living room with medication inside.  S/he observed the AP knock on the door, enter the apartment, pour medications from Client #1’s medication bottle, and leave the apartment.  The staff checked the pill bottle and said it was empty.  S/he notified the police.  Police came to the facility and the AP admitted s/he took pills from the clients a few times.  Police searched the AP and discovered eight pills belonging to Client #1.

Interviews with clients revealed Client #2 was missing 14 hydrocodone/APAP tablets from the pill bottle that was stored in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom.  Client #1 was missing over 20 tablets from the pill bottle that were stored on a table in the living room.

A police report was reviewed.  Police searched the AP and interviewed him/her.  Police discovered oxycodone tablets belonging to Client #1 in the AP’s pocket.  The AP admitted to the police s/he took pills from both clients.  Police forwarded their findings to the county attorney for possible criminal charges.  Attempts to interview the AP were unsuccessful.

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, and drug diversion 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.

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