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Mansfield Morphine Overdose Draws Criticism From Health Authorities

Mansfield Morphine Overdose Draws Criticism From Health Authorities

The Mansfield morphine overdose came from a simple oversight in observation, but had dire consequences.

The Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation recently found themselves at the center of controversy after overmedicating a patient with morphine. The Mansfield morphine overdose was recorded to be ten times more than recommended as safe and drew the ire of the Connecticut Public Health Department.

Owned by the New Samaritan Corporation, the Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation has been a part of the community for 26 years, charging Medicare recipients an average of $743.07 per day according to calculations by The Nursing Home Site. The recent Mansfield morphine overdose incident has set the Mansfield Center back by over $3,060 in fines from the Department of Public Health.

According to the Middletown Press, on May 29, a resident of the Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation was administered 50 milligrams of morphine by the registered nurse on duty. According to a later statement, the nurse had not read the medication concentration before administering the medication, nor had she consulted the physician’s order which called for no more than 5 milligrams.

After realizing the mistake, the nurse immediately administered a dose of Narcan, an opioid inhibiting drug used to stop overdoses, and sent the resident to the emergency room. At the hospital, two additional doses of Narcan had to be administered to save the resident’s life.

Administrator Jim Fidanza responded to the Mansfield morphine overdose by stating that the incident was the result of “human error.” Fidanza also stated that an action plan has since been put into place consisting of staff re-education, compliance audits, and policy and procedure review to prevent events similar to the Mansfield morphine overdose from occurring again.

The Mansfield morphine overdose has placed the Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation alongside six other Connecticut nursing homes that have been fined by the state Department of Public Health recently for lapses in care that endanger or hurt their residents.

For more information about overmedication and other forms of physical abuse, visit the National Association for Nursing Home Attorneys’ Physical Abuse Page.