MDH Cites Walker Methodist Westwood Ridge II after Neglect – Resident Fall
In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that a client at Walker Methodist Westwood Ridge II when the facility failed to provide adequate assessment and follow-up after resident had a fall. Fall resulted in a femur fracture.
Failure to Follow Care Plan Leads to MDH Complaint at Walker Methodist Westwood Ridge II
Neglect was substantiated. Neglect occurred when the resident fell during an unwitnessed fall, had unimproved pain with decline in his/her mobility., and the facility’s nursing and medical staff did not notify the resident’s orthopedic physician as instructed per the hospital discharge order. The resident required another hip surgery.
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A common form of neglect in elder care facilities involves a failure to monitor residents for changes in condition including regular assessments made by qualified nursing or medical personnel. Most forms of elder abuse are preventable with proper care and supervision.
In my experience the most neglect and the resulting injuries to residents in nursing homes is preventable. Injuries from falls are common and can be very serious. It is essential that staff is trained to assess fall risks, prevent falls through the use of interventions and supervision. The organization Minnesota Falls Prevention has information and resources on how to avoid falls.
According to the organization Minnesota Falls Prevention, falls are the leading cause of injury for children and for adults 35-years and older. Falls and fall-related injuries among adults over age 65 are on the rise. Currently Minnesota ranks fifth among states in the number of fall-related deaths.
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