Medication Errors

The Hartford Courant reported that health regulators fined Regency Heights for failing to provide patients with their medication for serious conditions including heart disease and dementia.  The inspection by the Department of Public Health confirmed that several hundred doses had been omitted from treatment regimens at the 190-bed facility.  The missed doses, some of which were found on the nurses' drug cart, and still in their blister packs, involved drugs to control seizures, heart disease, diabetes, cerebral-vascular injuries, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's and behavioral disturbances.  The inspectors listed 18 patients who had received only a portion of the drugs prescribed to them over the previous three to four months.

The health department only assessed a $3,000 civil penalty for "a probability of death or serious harm in the reasonably foreseeable future.'' 


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