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Nurse Neglects Patient’s Oxygen Needs at Providence Place

By February 12, 2013Neglect, Providence Place

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) conducted an investigation of neglect concerns at the Providence Place nursing home in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that a nurse failed to reassess a resident’s oxygen level after finding it to be only 52%.

The MDH investigated the matter and found that the nurse neglected the patient when she failed to check the status of his oxygen tank at the beginning of her shift, determined that he had symptoms of respiratory compromise at 1:00 am (including a decreased oxygen saturation of 52%), and did not reassess his respiratory status at any time after 1:00am.  At 3:00 am, the resident was gasping for air and too weak to stand up on his own. The nurse re-connected his oxygen but she failed to measure his vital signs or conduct a respiratory assessment. The nurse left the resident with a nursing assistant while she called 911, but the nurse did not return to the resident’s room until emergency responders were on the scene. The MDH determined that the individual nurse was responsible for neglect.  [Case no. H5271152] This resident, who was oxygen dependent and who had COPD and congestive heart failure, died within 11 hours of being admitted to the facility.

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