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Woodbury’s Community Living Options disregards patient’s need for pain medication

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Community Living Options, an assisted living facility in Woodbury, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that a client was neglected when staff failed to properly assess the client’s pain and administer as needed pain medication. In addition, after the as needed pain medication was changed to a scheduled medication the client did not receive the medication as prescribed.

The MDH investigated the matter and found that neglect did occur when facility staff failed to administer pain medication when the resident exhibited pain symptoms multiple times. The facilities internal system for medication changes did not identify the order change timely resulting in a delay of the administration of scheduled morphine for an additional five days. During those five days it was identified that the client had at least three episodes of rapid breathing and restlessness and the client did not receive morphine to relief the client’s discomfort.

The MDH determined that the facility is responsible for neglect of the facility’s resident. [Case no. HL28270001]

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