Allegations of Financial Exploitation After Theft of Narcotic Medications at Valley View of Jordan
In a reported dated December 9, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cited Valley View of Jordon with allegation that financial exploitation occurred when the LPN, alleged perpetrator (AP) took multiple clients narcotic medications without permission for her own use.
Substantiated Complaint of Financial Exploitation at Valley View of Jordan
Based on a preponderance of the evidence indicates that financial is substantiated. The Alleged Perpetrator (AP) admitted to taking narcotics on multiple occasions that were prescribed for five clients. The AP used them for his/her own personal use. The drug diversion activity occurred for at least 5 months.
The AP stated that s/he would divert the narcotics by manipulating the inventory records when the pharmacy delivered the medications. The AP place a week supply of the client’s narcotic in the locked cabinet that staff accessed to dispenses the scheduled medications. The remaining narcotics were placed in a locked drawer that the AP and an administrative nurse had a key to. These medications were not part of the narcotic count and were not inventoried when they were delivered. The stored narcotics would become part of the narcotic count when the AP moved them to the locked cabinet staff used to dispense the scheduled medication box. The narcotics the AP took were never accounted for in any of the facility medication/narcotics records. The pharmacy became suspicious when the AP started requesting early refills for the narcotics.
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If you have concerns about financial exploitation, medication errors, improper use of medical equipment, falls 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.