July 24, 2013
A Cold Spring, Minnesota nursing home was cited this week for nursing home abuse and neglect after a state investigation determined it was responsible for the wrongful death of a resident.
According to reports, the state investigation began after an incident in January in which a resident of the Assumption Home died after his head became lodged between his bed railing and a mattress. The resident, who suffered from dementia, already had a history of being prone to falls and accidents. Therefore, it was the responsibility of the staff members to ensure that he was always monitored.
Per the Minnesota Health Department, the nursing home has taken the necessary steps to ensure an accident like this never happens again. However, it was still cited and held responsible for the untimely death of the resident. State health commissioner Ed Ehlinger told the local press that regardless if the injury was intentional or not, staff members have a duty to ensure all residents are safe at all times:
“Nursing homes are entrusted with the care of vulnerable adults, and a death like this is totally unacceptable,” said Ehlinger.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined that at least 480 nursing home residents died as a result of bed rails between 1985 to 2009. State officials are in hopes that this latest incident will raise awareness of how important it is to monitor residents and to ensure that their bed rails are functioning correctly.
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