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by Axel Gumbel

Roch. nursing home aide suspended after patient death

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The Minnesota Department of Health says the actions of an aide at a Rochester nursing home contributed to the death of a patient earlier this year.

According to the report, a nursing assistant at Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth 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.

The assistant told an MDH investigator she used the walker and gait belt, but briefly left the resident standing alone in the middle of the room, when her roommate "wheeled herself in front of the door to the room, blocking the way."

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, but that she panicked.

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

The MDH report does not state when the incident occurred, but an investigator visited the nursing home on April 26, 2010.

Samaritan Bethany suspended the assistant during the course of the investigation.

The report did not identify the resident or assistant.


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