Transition Healthcare Minneapolis Complaint Findings for “Other” – Choking
In a report concluded on December 28, 2010, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Transition Healthcare Minneapolis for “other” – choking.
The allegation is neglect based on the following information: Client #1 was not provided the appropriate diet ordered and choked while eating supper.
Substantiated Neglect Against Transition Healthcare – More Information About Choking Risk to Seniors
According to the Mayo clinic, choking occurs when a foreign object becomes lodged in the throat or windpipe, blocking the flow of air. In adults, a piece of food often is the culprit. Young children often swallow small objects. Because choking cuts off oxygen to the brain, administer first aid as quickly as possible.
The universal sign for choking is hands clutched to the throat. If the person doesn’t give the signal, look for these indications:
•Inability to talk
•Difficulty breathing or noisy breathing
•Inability to cough forcefully
•Skin, lips and nails turning blue or dusky
•Loss of consciousness
If choking is occurring, the Red Cross recommends a “five-and-five” approach to delivering first aid:
•Give 5 back blows. First, deliver five back blows between the person’s shoulder blades with the heel of your hand.
•Give 5 abdominal thrusts. Perform five abdominal thrusts (also known as the Heimlich maneuver).
•Alternate between 5 blows and 5 thrusts until the blockage is dislodged.
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 choking or ashyxiation 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.