The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Jones Harrison Residence in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that neglect occurred when a resident received blisters to her left forearm when coffee was spilled. The Department investigated the matter and found that the alleged perpetrator gave hot coffee to a resident in a Styrofoam cup without a lid and the resident sustained a second degree burn to the left forearm. The preponderance of evidence also established that neglect is substantiated when facility staff failed to notify the physician of the resident’s burn, resulting in delay of medical treatment to the resident for 48 hours. [Case no.H5460046]
The alleged perpetrator state she was aware that the resident’s care plan specified that beverages were to be served to him/her in a Sippy cup with a lid. The AP was several feet away from the resident and saw the incident occurring but could not stop it. The AP gave the resident coffee in a Styrofoam cup because there were no extra Sippy cups in the unit cupboard. The MDH determined that the nursing home and the caregiver are responsible for neglect of the facility’s resident.
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