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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

Nursing home employee arrested for stealing medication

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

June 29, 2012

Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s KGAN detailed the arrest of a nursing home employee in a short news release:

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque County nursing home worker has been arrested, accused of stealing pain medications. Sunnycrest Manor employee Darla Fortmann was arrested Wednesday.

Online court records say she’s been charged with a misdemeanor count of prohibited acts with prescription drugs earlier this year. The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald reports that in an interview with police, Fortmann acknowledged taking about 250 pills.

The 39-year-old Fortmann is being held pending $5,000 bail. Online court records don’t list the name of her attorney.

This kind of behavior from a nursing home employee who is supposed to be looking out for your loved ones’ best interests is not acceptable.

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

Efforts to curb antipsychotic drug use rejected

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

June 26, 2012

The state of Massachusetts was very close to taking a big step in mending their nursing home drug problem, but the movement didn’t receive an important federal grant.

A recent Boston Globe report stated 28 percent of Massachusetts nursing homes use antipsychotic drugs inappropriately, a number that is well above the national average.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s proposal called for “nursing home staff [to be] trained on alternative methods of managing difficult behaviors by residents, particularly those with dementia, instead of relying on antipsychotic drugs to calm them.”

Unfortunately, the group found out Friday that they will not receive the federal funding for the project from Medicare/Medicaid, per a report from Boston.com.

The manager of business development for the group said other funding will be pursued.

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

Nursing home employee stole painkillers

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

June 22, 2012

The Rockford Register Star reports a former employee at Caseyville Nursing Home in southwest Illinois faces up to 10 years in prison after she admitted to using painkillers meant for residents of the home.

Diana Van Etten, 34, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis last Wednesday to health care fraud charges.

The authorities say Van Etten was a nurse at the home when she signed out hydrocodone for residents under her care. Instead of giving the residents the drugs, she consumed them.

Her addiction led to 11 false claims for fraudulent prescriptions. Van Etten’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for early October.

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

Medication error leads to life support

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

June 11, 2012

Augustana HCC of Minneapolis provided an elderly resident with three Fentanyl drug patches, a questionable decision that left her with chest pain and respiratory difficulty.

The nursing home’s mistake came after a physician recommended that narcotic pain medications not be ordered for the resident in question. Furthermore, staff was expected to remove old patches before placing a new one on the skin.

The unfortunate decisions made by the nursing home resulted in an eight-day stay for the resident at the hospital, during which she was itubated and placed on life support.

According to a report from the Minnesota Department of Health, no staff members were specifically identified as responsible for the error.

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.