Hopkins nursing home is charged with neglect in death

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 11, 2012 - 8:14 PM

A Hopkins nursing home has been charged with neglect by state health officials in the case of a resident who died after being hospitalized for dramatic weight loss.

Investigators found the man's weight loss and inadequate nutrition were not monitored for two months, according to a state investigative report released this week.

State Health Department findings said staff at the Golden Living Center neglected the man's "fluid and nutritional needs" and failed to detect he had lost 30 pounds within several weeks early last year.

The man, whose identity was not released, was moved to a hospital and died there March 4. The Hennepin County medical examiner's office ruled pneumonia the primary cause of death, but noted dehydration as a contributing cause, the report said.

Because there were many staff members involved in his care, investigators chose to hold the nursing home responsible for the maltreatment, citing "a breakdown in facility systems." Those breakdowns, the report noted, included failure to evaluate the man's weight loss and intake of solids and liquids, as well as failing to notify his doctor and other medical personnel about the weight loss.

The nursing home's executive director did not immediately respond Wednesday to a request for comment.


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