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Minnesota Nursing Home Mismanages Resident’s INR monitoring

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]

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