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St. Benedicts Senior Community Disregards Resident’s Urgent Need for CPR

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the St. Benedicts Senior Community in Saint Cloud, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that a resident was not provided with care based on her advanced directive. The resident became unresponsive in the dining room and staff brought the resident to her room. No CPR was initiated although the resident had a full code resuscitation status.

The Department investigated the matter and found that the facility staff failed to provide emergency care, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after a resident became pulse-less. The resident’s resuscitation code status was full code. Nurses were in attendance with the resident from the time she became unresponsive until she nurses noted the resident no longer had a pulse.

The resident was admitted to the facility for short term stay following a pacemaker insertion. The resident had been at the facility for 10 days when she complained of dizziness and became unresponsive after she walked to the dining room for lunch. Staff failed to call a code according to the facility practice for additional staff to come and assist the resident and unit staff when the resident became distressed or deceased.  The nurse stated the charge nurse told them not to initiate CPR as the nurses did not witness the resident’s arrest and too much time had gone by.

The physician was interviewed and stated the staff should have initiated CPR according to the orders for full resuscitation. The MDH determined that the nursing home is responsible for neglect of the facility’s resident.  [Case no. H5350053]

In the past three government health inspections of the facility, St. Benedicts Senior Community nursing home has cited by government inspectors for the following deficiencies:

  • Failing to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident’s written plan of care;
  • Failing to provide necessary care and services to maintain the highest well being of each resident;
  • Failing to give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bed sores;
  • Failing to make sure that each resident who enters the nursing home without a catheter is not given a catheter, and receive proper services to prevent urinary tract infections and restore normal bladder function;
  • Failing to provide care for residents in a way that keeps or builds each resident’s dignity and respect of individuality;
  • Failing to make sure that the nursing home area is free from accident hazards and risks and provides supervision to prevent avoidable accidents;
  • Failing to provide activities to meet the interests and needs of each resident;
  • Failing to provide medically-related social services to help each resident achieve the highest possible quality of life;
  • Failing to provide necessary care and services to maintain the highest well being of each resident; and
  • Failing to conduct initial and periodic assessments of each resident’s functional capacity.

To learn more about the incident click here to read MPR’s news article report.

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