The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Ramsey County Care Center in Maplewood, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that neglect occurred when a resident was provided food that was the wrong consistency. The resident coughed up a quarter size potato, began to show symptoms of aspiration and had audible wheezes bilaterally, at which time the resident was sent to the hospital. [Case no. H532041]
The dietary department prepared a regular consistency food tray instead of a pureed consistency food tray. Dietary staff stated that the tray ticket was blank in the area that lists the texture of each food item served during the noon meal which resulted in the resident receiving a regular consistency meal. The Department investigated the matter and found that nursing staff at the Ramsey County Care Center delivered the regular consistency meal to the resident instead of a pureed consistency meal. The MDH determined that the Ramsey County Care Center is responsible for neglect of the facility’s resident.
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