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Medication Errors

Medication Errors

Anoka Rehab and Living Center Neglects Resident

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

August 6, 2013

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Anoka Rehab and Living Center in Anoka, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that neglect occurred when a resident was not provided an ordered medication for approximately three weeks resulting in adverse effects. [Case no. H5205031] The Department investigated the matter and found that the resident did not receive Coumadin, as ordered by a physician for 17 days. The resident developed discoloration… Read More →

Yet Another Finding of Neglect at the Red Wing Health Center

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

July 19, 2013

On January 3, 2011 the Minnesota Department of Health revised an investigative report on a substantiated claim of neglect on the part of Red Wing Health Center.  [Report no H5223045] The neglect occurred when the facility failed to respond to one of its resident’s decline in health.  From the middle of June 2010 to the time the resident was hospitalized on July 10th, the Red Wing Health Center staff collected and documented information pertaining to the resident’s decline in health.… Read More →

Fairview Nursing Home Resident Neglected

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

July 12, 2013

Fairview University Transitional Services is a nursing home in Minneapolis.  The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) just released a report, no. H5170018, finding that the nursing home failed to ensure that anticoagulant medication was administered to its resident.  This medication is used to protect patients from blood clots.  The resident subsequently went into cardiac arrest in mid-January and died from blood clots in his lungs, according to the state’s investigation report. The state concluded that “[b]ased on a preponderance of the evidence, neglect is… Read More →

Mismanaged Medications in Nursing Homes: Conclusion (Part 6 of 6)

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

July 1, 2013

Transitions between caregivers, changes in condition, and complex medication regimes increase the risk of harm to a nursing home resident. If residents are to be afforded the quality of care that federal nursing home regulations mandate—and more important, the dignity all residents deserve—nursing homes must diligently assess and manage all of these factors. This means the nursing home must maintain effective clinical oversight, competent nursing, efficient pharmacy resources, quality laboratory services, and a standard level of attention given to all… Read More →

TOPICS:   Medication Errors

Mismanaged Medications in Nursing Homes: A Nursing Home and Its Pharmaceutical and Laboratory Services (Part 5 of 6)

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

June 28, 2013

Nursing homes are required to provide and coordinate pharmaceutical services to meet each resident’s needs, and this includes a duty to provide accurate information to the pharmacy furnishing pharmaceutical services. When transmitting orders to the pharmacy, nursing homes have a dual responsibility to review the medications, as well as to communicate accurate information. If there are any administrative or clerical errors on either end of the facility’s responsibility, then there is a significant chance of mismanaged medication administration. An experienced… Read More →

Mismanaged Medications in Nursing Homes: Maintaining Adequate Staffing and Staffing Procedures (Part 4 of 6)

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

June 27, 2013

In implementing its policies and procedures, a nursing home facility must hire, retain, and supervise its employees in a manner that minimizes the risk of maltreatment to residents, including having qualified staff administer any medication. For medications administered on an “as needed basis,” such as anti-anxiety medications like alprazolam (brand name Xanax), diazepam (Valium), or clonazepam (Klonipin), the decision to give the drug must be based on a nurse’s assessment of the resident’s condition and an assessment of whether previously… Read More →

Details about the Community Memorial Nursing Home in Osakis, Minnesota

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

June 26, 2013

This 52-bed nursing home was cited with 5 health deficiencies, according to Medicare’s 2012 annual report. These include the Community Memorial Home’s: Failure to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident’s written plan of care; Failure to allow residents the right to participate in the planning or revision of care and treatment; Failure to ensure that residents are fully informed and understand their health status, care and treatments; and Failure to ensure that the nursing home area is… Read More →

Mismanaged Medications in Nursing Homes: A Resident’s Medical Records and Medication History (Part 3 of 6)

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

June 26, 2013

Reviewing a resident’s medical records should be the first thing any plaintiff lawyer investigates.  Medical records should include, among other things, documentation of all communications with the attending physician’s chart to assess his or her evaluation of the resident’s condition in relation to the prescribed medications. An experienced plaintiff lawyer should pay particularly close attention to the attending physician’s chart to assess his or her evaluation of the resident’s condition in relation to the prescribed medications. Additionally, billing records can… Read More →

Mismanaged Medications in Nursing Homes: Proper Medication Management (Part 2 of 6)

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

June 5, 2013

Proper management of nursing residents’ medication needs and safety does not happen on its own.  It requires a commitment to safety and diligence by the nursing home’s administration and nursing staff.  To ensure that a nursing home accurately manage the complexities and challenges of its residents medications: The nursing home administration must ensure that each resident’s medication is managed and reviewed by a physician, and that each resident has access to his or her own personal physician; The physician is responsible for providing and… Read More →

TOPICS:   Medication Errors

North Ridge Care Center Employee Stole Narcotic Medication from Nursing Home Residents

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

June 4, 2013

A Minnesota Department of Health investigation has found that an employee of the North Ridge Care Center was stealing a resident’s prescription painkillers. The employee was also found to have been stealing prescription medication from at least 12 other residents of the New Hope, Minnesota nursing home, although the number of residents impacted may have been as high as 24, according to the MDH report.  [Report no. H5183093] According to the MDH report: After the suspected employee left the facility, another nurse spotted a discrepancy in the… Read More →