A nursing home medication error that proved fatal for a resident in Minnesota is now going to be costly for the facility. State authorities have cited the center for neglect after the resident, who suffered from severe cognitive disabilities, died of the effects of being given 10 times the normal prescribed dose of morphine.
Staff at the facility, an acute-care hospital with a nursing home attached, failed to accurately transcribe the man’s medication from the doctor’s written orders.
Within less than two hours of receiving that injected dose of morphine, patient had died.
State investigators concluded the center did not have adequate policies in place to make sure medications were transcribed accurately and administered correctly. Continue reading