The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Bayshore Residence and Rehabilitation Center, a nursing home in Duluth, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that a resident was neglected when staff did not do proper assessment for fall risk and did not update the care plan. The resident fell out of the resident’s wheelchair, sustained a cerebral hemorrhage and subsequently died.
The MDH investigated the matter and found that neglect occurred when staff failed to comprehensively assess a resident at high risk for falls, and reassess the risks after each fall to develop effective interventions to reduce the risk of falls and injury. The resident sustained a head injury in a fall from the wheelchair and died as a result of these injuries a few days later. The resident had several falls out of the wheelchair and the staff failed to assess and implement fall interventions to minimize the risk of falls.
The MDH determined that the facility is responsible for neglect of the facility’s resident. The MDH found that Bayshore Residence and Rehabilitation Center failed to ensure the staff implemented the policy to address the resident’s pattern and root cause of the falls. [Case no. H5227052]
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