KTTC out of Rochester, Minnesota had an article about the investigation into the death of a nursing home resident due to the negligence of the facility.  The Minnesota Department of Health says the acts and omissions of a CNA at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester contributed to the death of a patient earlier this year.

According to the report, a nursing assistant at Samaritan Bethany Home neglected or did not provide proper care to a resident, while helping her go to the bathroom. The resident needed assistance by a nursing home staffer, a walker and a gait belt according to doctor’s orders and the individualized plan of care.

The assistant told an MDH investigator she used the walker and gait belt, but admitted she left the resident standing alone in the middle of the room. The patient fell and suffered a back fracture, as well as a head injury. According to the report, the assistant said she knew the resident needed assistance.

The resident was transported to the hospital and died on May 18, 2010 of pneumonia with the fall listed as a contributing condition.


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