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Details about the Presbyterian Homes of Arden Hills Nursing Home in Minnesota

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

May 9, 2013

This 208-bed nursing home received a below averagefor its Health Inspections rating, according to Medicare’s 2012 annual report. Compared to the average number of health deficiencies for Minnesota nursing homes (6.7), Presbyterian Homes of Arden Hill was cited with nine health deficiencies. These include the facility’s:

  • Failure to hire only people with no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents, or report and investigate any acts or reports of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of residents;
  • Failure to develop and implement policies for screening and training employees, and the prevention, identification, investigation, and reporting of any abuse, neglect, mistreatment and misappropriation of property;
  • Failure to give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bed sores;
  • Failure to review or revise the resident’s care plan after any major change in physical or mental health;
  • Failure to ensure that each resident’s entire drug/medication regimen is free from unnecessary drugs, and is managed and monitored to achieve highest level of well-being;
  • Failure to at least once a month, have a licensed pharmacist review each resident’s medications and report any irregularities to the attending doctor; and
  • Failure to have a program that investigates, controls and keeps infection from spreading.

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due to a nursing home’s failures, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

 

Details about Extendicare’s Rose of Sharon Manor Nursing Home in Minnesota

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

May 2, 2013

This 63-bed nursing home has received a “below average” for both its Staffing and Quality Measure ratings, according to Medicare’s 2012 annual nursing home report. Between April 2010 and August 2012, this nursing home was cited with 15 health deficiencies. These include Rose of Sharon Manor’s:

  • Failure to allow the resident the right to participate in the planning or revision of the resident’s care plan;
  • Failure to immediately tell the resident, the resident’s doctor, and a family member of the resident of situations that affect the resident such as an injury, decline in health, or room changes;
  • Failure to store, cook, and serve food in a safe and clean way;
  • Failure to give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bed sores;
  • Failure to conduct initial and periodic assessments of each resident’s functional capacity;
  • Failure to ensure that each resident who enters the nursing home without a catheter is not given a catheter, and that residents receive proper services to prevent urinary tract infections and restore normal bladder function;
  • Failure to give each resident enough fluids to keep them healthy and prevent dehydration;
  • Failure make sure that each resident’s drug regimen is free from unnecessary drugs, and that each resident’s medication is managed and monitored; and
  • Failure to maintain drug records and properly labeled drugs according to accepted professional standards.

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due to a nursing home’s failures, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Details about Extendicare’s Health & Rehabilitation of New Brighton Nursing Home in Minnesota

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

May 2, 2013

This 100-bed nursing home has received a “below average” for both its Overall and Quality Measure ratings, according to Medicare’s annual 2012 report. Additionally, the government deemed its Health Inspection Rating to be “much below average.” Compared to the average number of Minnesota nursing home health deficiencies (6.8), this facility received 17 deficiencies. These include Health & Rehabilitation of New Brighton’s:

  • Failure to hire only people with no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents, or to report and investigate any acts of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of residents;
  • Failure to develop policies that prevent mistreatment, neglect, or abuse of residents or theft of resident property;
  • Failure to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident’s written plan of care;
  • Failure to assist those residents who need total help with eating, drinking, grooming, and personal and oral hygiene;
  • Failure make sure that each resident’s drug regimen is free from unnecessary drugs, and that each resident’s medication is managed and monitored;
  • Failure to give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bedsores;
  • Failure to give each resident enough fluids to keep them healthy and prevent dehydration;

The Minnesota Department of Health has also substantiated a report of nursing home neglect on the part of Health & Rehabilitation of New Brighton. On August 2010, it was determined that a resident had not received her prescribed medication on numerous occasions. Additionally, on multiple occasions the resident had received the wrong medication. [Report no. H5164090]

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due to a nursing home’s failures, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Details about Extendicare’s Golden Valley Rehabilitation & Care Nursing Home in Minnesota

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

May 2, 2013

This 164-bed nursing home received a “below average” for its Overall, Health Inspection, and Quality Measure ratings, according to Medicare’s 2012 annual report. Compared to the average number of health deficiencies for Minnesota nursing homes (6.8), Golden Valley was cited for 12 health deficiencies, including the facility’s:

  • Failure to assist those residents who need total help with eating, drinking, grooming, and personal and oral hygiene;
  • Failure to give proper treatment to residents with feeding tubes to prevent problems such as aspiration pneumonia, diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration—as well as failure to help restore eating skills, if possible;
  • Failure to store, cook, and serve food in a safe and clean way;
  • Failure to make sure that each resident’s drug regimen is free from unnecessary drugs, and that each resident’s medication is managed and monitored;
  • Failure to safely provide drugs and other similar products available which are needed every day in emergencies, by a licensed pharmacist;
  • Failure to have a licensed pharmacist review each resident’s medications at least once a month and report any irregularities to the attending doctor; and
  • Failure to maintain drug records and properly labeled drugs according to accepted professional standards.

Medicare has also identified six complaints and incidents associated with the Golden Valley Rehability & Care nursing home, including the facility’s:

  • Failure to hire only people with no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents, or to report and investigate any acts of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of residents;
  • Failure to develop policies that prevent mistreatment, neglect, or abuse of residents or theft of property; and
  • Failure to ensure that the nursing home area is free from accident hazards and risks, as well as adequate supervision to prevent avoidable accidents.

Additionally, the Minnesota Department of Health has substantiated a report of nursing home neglect wherein an unattended resident fell, sustaining a hip fracture. The facility was found negligent because the resident’s care plan indicated that she must be assisted while walking. [Report no. H5186175]

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due to a nursing home’s failures, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Details about Extendicare’s Texas Terrace Care Center Nursing Home in Minnesota

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

May 2, 2013

This 118-bed nursing home has received a “below average” rating in its Overall, Health Inspection, and Staffing ratings, according to Medicare’s 2012 annual report. Texas Terrace Care Center received several deficiencies in recent government inspections, including the facility’s:

  • Failure to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident’s written plan of care;
  • Failure to provide necessary care and services to maintain the highest well being of each resident;
  • Failure to make sure that each resident’s drug regimen is free from unnecessary drugs, and that each resident’s medication is managed and monitored;
  • Failure to maintain drug records and properly labeled drugs according to accepted professional standards; and
  • Failure to ensure that the nursing home area is free from accident hazards and risks, as well as adequate supervision to prevent avoidable accidents;

Medicare has also identified complaints and incidents associated with Texas Terrace Care Center, including the facility’s failure to have a program that keeps infections from spreading.  In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health has substantiated two reports of nursing home neglect.

  • In April 2010, MDH substantiated a report of neglect wherein the nursing failed to adequately respond to a resident’s respiratory distress, leading to the resident’s death. [Report no. H5187044]
  • In May 2011, MDH substantiated a report of neglect wherein the nursing home failed to administer antibiotics to a resident as instructed by the resident’s physician. As a result, the resident had to be readmitted to the hospital. [Report no. H5187048]

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due to a nursing home’s failures, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Serious Medication Errors at St. Gertrude’s Health Center

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

February 14, 2013

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at St. Gertrude’s Health Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.  The allegation of neglect was that, as a result of staff errors, the resident did not receive psychotropic medication doses for six days and insulin doses for the same days resulting in high blood glucose levels.

The MDH investigated the matter and found that St. Gertrude’s staff incorrectly entered the anti-depressant orders in the computer and two other staff who reviewed the orders failed to notice the error. As a result, she did not receive her anti-depressant medication for six days. The MDH also found that St. Gertrude’s staff incorrectly discontinued the resident’s insulin on the medication administration record causing her to miss four insulin doses. As a result of these two medication / transcription errors, the resident exhibited increased depression and elevated blood glucose levels.  The MDH determined that St. Gertrude’s Health Center was responsible for neglect of the facility’s resident.  [Case no. H5610019]

In a recent health inspection survey, St. Gertrude’s Health Center was cited with an above average number of health deficiencies. Also, in 2010, a lawsuit was filed by the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm against St. Gertrude’s Health Center and other care providers by a resident who suffered permanent kidney damage. The complaint alleged that the nursing home failed to follow specific orders regarding lab tests and medication administration which contributed to her serious injury.

If you believe your loved one has been harmed due to a nursing home’s neglect, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Owatonna Care Center’s Deficiencies Put Residents at Risk

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

February 7, 2013

A six-month-long investigation by the Minnesota Department of Health determined that the Owatonna Care Center neglected an 84-year-old resident before his death. Staff at the facility forgot to administer the resident’s anti-anxiety medication for 10 days, according to a report from Minnesota Public Radio. After realizing their mistake, the staff “administered 10 times the prescribed amount.” The resident was found dead in his room the next morning.

This 55-bed nursing home is has an overall rating of “much below average” by Medicare, and has received a “much below average” health inspection rating based on the government’s annual inspections of the facility.  The average number of deficiencies for Minnesota nursing homes is 7.2.  Owatonna Care Center received 13 deficiencies in its December 2011 inspection and 18 deficiencies in its October 2010 inspection.  Deficiencies cited by Medicare include Owatonna Care Center’s failure to make sure services provided by the nursing home meet professional standards of quality, failure to develop policies that prevent mistreatment, neglect, or abuse of residents, and failure to hire only people with no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents, among other failures.

If you believe your loved one has been harmed due to a nursing home’s neglect, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Minnesota Nursing Home Mismanages Resident’s INR monitoring

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

August 9, 2012

The Minnesota Department of Health has determined that the Sauer Memorial Home in Winona is responsible for neglect of a resident.  A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that a resident’s INR (International Normalized Ratio, a lab test that measures blood coagulation) was not checked as ordered by the physician. The resident was noted to have low blood pressure, irregular pulse, and a bruise on her arm which seemed to be increasing in size. The resident was admitted to the hospital with a critical value INR that was greater than 10.0 (normal 1.0 to 3.0). The Department investigated the matter and found that the facility failed to have a system in place that ensured that physician’s orders were accurately transcribed and implemented. Three facility staff overlooked the physician’s order for a resident’s INR.  [Report H5102012, dated May 17, 2012]

If you believe your loved one has suffered medication errors because the nursing home failed to do its job, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost consultation.

Use of Antipsychotic Meds in Nursing Homes is Excessive

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

August 2, 2012

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced an initiative to ensure appropriate care and use of antipsychotic medications for nursing home patients” with “a national goal of reducing use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing home residents by 15 percent by the end of 2012.” CMS reports that in 2010 more than 17 percent of nursing home patients had daily doses exceeding recommended levels. CMS “found that almost 40 percent of nursing home patients with signs of dementia were receiving antipsychotic drugs at some point in 2010, even though there was no diagnosis of psychosis[.]”  (Click here to read the CMS announcement.)

If a nursing home’s medication error has harmed your loved one, contact the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm online or toll-free at 1-877-552-2873 today for a free consultation.

TOPICS:   Medication Errors

Ohio attempts to combat nursing home drug problem

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

July 12, 2012

Prescription drug theft in Ohio nursing homes has become a big enough problem that Attorney General Mike DeWine is stepping in to put a stop to it.

The state has experienced multiple cases of overdose deaths after the theft and consumption of prescription drugs, and nursing homes are a common way for addicts to get their fix.

“In many cases employees steal prescription drugs to feed their own addictions and the addictions of loved ones or sell them on the streets,” according to a story by SFGate.

DeWine said he is sending out a letter to all care facilities in the state that reminds them of their obligations under law to report suspected illegal activity and lets them know of assistance available from the state to prosecute prescription drug theft.

Read the full story here.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by mismedication at a care facility, contact the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm online or call us toll free at (877) 552-2873 for a free initial consultation.

TOPICS:   Medication Errors