ST. PAUL, Minn. - State health officials say a case of neglect by a Twin Cities nurse is responsible for the recent death of a patient at a Bloomington care facility.
An investigative report released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says the patient in question had resided at Nervanas Caring Hands Inc. in Bloomington for two years, and on January 10 of 2013 had just returned to the facility after a stay in the hospital for pneumonia.
MDH investigators say the patient returned to Nervanas with a prescription for Morphine to deal with pain and labored breathing. One week later she was weak, not taking nourishment and was struggling to breathe so a nurse administered the morphine.
Unfortunately, investigators say the nurse miscalculated the dosage and gave the client two doses of medication at 20 times the prescribed amount. The patient's family was notified of the error and given the option to start emergency procedures to reverse the overdose, but the patient died that afternoon.
The MDH report says the nurse refused to be interviewed for the investigation. The conclusion was that the nurse was guilty of neglect in the patient's death,.
Investigators say the facility was in compliance.
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