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 in the left leg and confusion. The resident required hospitalization, was diagnosed with a clot in the left leg, and required three surgeries to increase circulation to the left leg. The MDH determined that the Anoka Rehab and Living Center is responsible for neglect of the facility’s resident.
The resident was admitted to the facility, from the hospital and had orders for the medication Coumadin. The order directed to staff was to hold the Coumadin dose on the day of discharge from the hospital, then give Coumadin 2.5 mg for two days, and then complete an INR lab draw. The order directed staff to update the physician with the lab results for further Coumadin orders. Staff did not ensure that the lab was drawn, or that the results were obtained or called to the physician. Therefore, the resident did not receive a dose of Coumadin for 17 days.
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