Investigation at Springfield nursing home: 3 things to know

Feb 19, 2018
  • By Keisha Rowe
  • Staff Writer
A statement of deficiences was filed against a Springfield nursing home by the state of Ohio stemming from a December 2017 incident where two residents allegedly consumed more than 20 Oxycodone pills. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Two patients allegedly gained access to unsecured narcotics and one of them overdosed at a Springfield nursing home, according to state documents obtained by the Springfield News-Sun.

Here are three things to know about the ongoing investigation.

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1. State alleges deficiencies stemming from December incident

The Ohio Department of Health filed a statement of deficiencies for Eaglewood Care Center, 2000 Villa Road in Springfield, after an incident that occurred in December.

Two Eaglewood residents took oxycodone pills from a narcotic box left unlocked on a medication cart by a licensed practical nurse on Dec. 10, according to the statement.

Staff at the nursing home have declined to comment.

2. More than 20 pills missing

A nurse discovered on Dec. 10 that 23 oxycodone pills were missing from the skilled nursing unit’s medication cart, according to the report. Eaglewood began an investigation immediately, the documents say, and an empty medication sleeve was found in a patient’s trash.

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One resident consumed a suspected 19 pain pills, the statement of deficiencies says, suffering an overdose that required treatment with Narcan twice and hospitalization until Dec. 29. Another resident allegedly took four of the pills.

3. Drugs taken from a malfunctioning cart

An interview with one of the nurses, “revealed that the bottom drawer of the back hall skilled unit medication cart did not always close all the way,” the documents say.

The nurse who didn’t secure the cart properly told investigators that she didn’t get any orientation and wasn’t told about how to work the medication cart, according to the statement of deficiencies.

The nursing home has since taken corrective actions to educate staff members about safety practices and assessing cart security and maintenance, the statement says.

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