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Medication error leads to life support

By June 11, 2012 No Comments

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.

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