Viewcrest Health Center Duluth Complaint Findings for Neglect
In a report concluded on April 24, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Viewcrest Health Center Duluth for neglect of health care.
Based on a preponderance of the evidence the allegation of neglect is substantiated. The facility nursing staff failed to recognized signs of carbon dioxide (CO2) poisoning and respiratory acidosis in a resident that had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and retained CO2. The resident died of respiratory failure.
Multiple nurses were interviewed and three of four of the nurses were not made aware the resident had a critical CO2 level. Two of the nurses verified they had turned the resident’s oxygen flow up to 3 Lpm or higher. All stated they had a difficult time obtaining an accurate oxygen saturation level on the resident but turned up the oxygen even though it may not have been an accurate reading. No other means of obtaining an accurate assessment of the resident’s oxygenation was pursued.
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