In our blog for February 10, 2013 entitled, “Too Tired To Save A Life,” we reported on a Minnesota aide at a nursing home facility located in Waconia, Minnesota who failed to perform CPR on a nursing home resident on December 21, 2012, claiming that he was “too tired” to perform CPR, after which the resident died. Now, another Minnesota nursing home has been cited by the Minnesota Department of Health for neglect because the nursing home’s staff failed to perform CPR when a resident was observed to blink, take his last breath, and then stop breathing. The resident was on “full code” resuscitation status (meaning CPR and other appropriate efforts were required to be timely implemented if the resident became unresponsive) and the nursing home staff was made aware of the resident’s full code status.
The resident was admitted to the nursing home only one week before his death, at which time he was alert, oriented, and could communicate his needs. The night prior to his death, the resident had an episode of vomiting that was reported to his physician, who instructed the nursing home staff that he should be contacted if the resident had another episode of vomiting.
On the day of his death, the resident had another episode of vomiting, which was not reported to the resident’s physician. A few hours later, the resident vomited again shortly after which he died while another nursing home staff member was at his bedside. The nursing home staff member who was responsible for the resident’s care during the night when he died denied having been told about the vomiting episode earlier that night (which was inconsistent with his prior statement that he was made aware of the earlier episode of vomiting) and he also denied being aware that other staff had been at the resident’s bedside when he stopped breathing. The staff member reportedly stated that he failed to perform CPR even though he acknowledged that he knew that the resident was a full code status because he did not witness the resident’s death.
The Minnesota Department of Health’s investigative report alleged inconsistencies between what the nursing home staff member documented (or failed to document) in the resident’s nursing home records and what he told the investigator. The nursing home was cited for “maltreatment” of the resident who died. The nursing home reportedly took corrective action by providing its staff (including the staff member who failed to call the resident’s physician and failed to perform CPR) “with additional training regarding follow up of a resident change in condition and advance directives/CPR.”
To read the Minnesota Department of Health’s Investigative Report regarding this matter, click here.
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