Tranquil Living Mound Complaint Findings for Patient Rights
In a report concluded on May 7, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Tranquil Living Mound for violation of patient rights.
It was substantiated that medications were not being administered as ordered. Documentation, interviews and observations during a medication pass, revealed that two of the three clients who resided at the facility did not receive medications as ordered by the physician.
Substantiated Complaint for Medical Errors Tranquil Living Mound
According to the Food and Drug Administration,A medication error is any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or harm to a patient. Since 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received more than 95,000 reports of medication errors. FDA reviews reports that come to MedWatch, the agency’s adverse event reporting program.
“These reports are voluntary, so the number of actual medication errors is believed to be higher,” says Carol Holquist, R.Ph., Director of the Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
FDA works with many partners to track medication errors, including the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). “Every report received through the USP/ISMP Voluntary Medication Error Reporting Program (MERP) automatically gets sent to FDA’s MedWatch program,” says Mike Cohen, R.Ph., Sc.D., President of ISMP. “It takes a cooperative approach to monitor errors, evaluate them, and educate the public about strategies to keep errors from happening again.”
Medication errors occur for a variety of reasons. For example, miscommunication of drug orders can involve poor handwriting, confusion between drugs with similar names, poor packaging design, and confusion of metric or other dosing units.
“Medication errors usually occur because of multiple, complex factors,” says Holquist. “All parts of the health care system—including health professionals and patients—have a role to play in preventing medication errors.”
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, falls, patient rights or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.