Nursing Home Resident Death Caused by Transcription Error
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Jun 01, 2016 in Nursing Home Injury or Death
The death of a Minnesota nursing home resident in October 2015 was found to have been caused by a transcription error, according to a report released by the Minnesota Department of Health.
A licensed practical nurse working at the Golden Living facility in Hopkins, MN mistakenly omitted a critical medication order from the resident's record; the resident was prescribed warfarin for long-term anticoagulant therapy due to a history of atrial fibrillation and stroke.
The resident went without their daily warfarin dose for nine days. The resident suffered a large ischemic stroke and respiratory failure which led to their death after being sent to a hospital.
The medication error was only identified after the Golden Living facility received a call from the hospital to review the resident's laboratory results.
According to a health department report, the failure to comply with the nursing home's transcription procedures was the reason behind the deadly transcription error. The report also states Golden Living was not overseeing nursing performance nor had the nursing staff's yearly medication competencies been performed.
Another Minnesota Nursing Home Death
A Mahnomen, MN facility was cited for nursing home neglect in April 2015 following a medication error incident that led to a resident's death. A male resident of the Mahnomen Health Center, was administered a dose of morphine which was ten times his prescribed dose; the deadly dosage was mistakenly transcribed in the man's record. According to the state investigation, the error was only discovered after the man's death.
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