Choking Allegation at West Wind Village Morris Minnesota

West Wind Village Morris Complaint Findings for Neglect – Choking

In a report concluded on March 14, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites West Wind Village Morris for neglect of health care – choking.  The allegation is neglect base on the following: a resident choked and was sent to the hospital with aspiration pneumonia after a nursing assistant, and kitch staff gave the resident a salad with cucumbers.  The resident’s care plan called for a mechanical soft diet.

Substantiated Complaint of Neglect Against West Wind Village in Morris

Based on a preponderance of evidence neglect is substantiated.  The resident was served food that was not included on the resident’s specialized diet, which resulted in the resident choking on a piece of raw cucumber.

Documentation and interviews established that the resident had a history of swallowing difficulties and choking episodes.  Approximately 2 weeks prior to the incident, the resident was hospitalized with aspiration pneumonia (inflammation of the lungs and airways to the lungs from breathing in foreign material) after choking on a hot dog.  The resident returned to the facility on a mechanical soft (diet used for people who have difficulty in chewing or swallowing) with no hot dog diet.  The resident was confused with memory loss.

Documentation and interviews revealed that during a lunch meal the resident requested a salad, which included lettuce and raw cucumbers.  The resident’s diet card was located at the resident’s table, and indicated that the resident was to receive a mechanical soft diet.  Staff did not verify the resident’s diet, and served the resident a salad with raw cucumbers, which was not allowed on the resident’s mechanical soft diet.  The resident choked and became unconscious.  Staff performed the Heimlich maneuver, abdominal thrusts, and called 911.

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 asphyxiation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at


West Wind Village Morris Neglect Substantiated

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