May 9, 2017

Leaked documents highlight serious concerns with level of care at Lacombe Hospital and care centre: Wildrose

Leaked documents show a system in flux at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre (LHCC) and bring to light serious concerns about the level of care provided at the facility, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

The documents outline an investigation that was launched in April 2017 as a result of “serious concerns raised about care quality at the site” brought forward by Red Deer College practical nurse students who were completing their practicums at the facility.

Serious breaches that were found as a result of the investigation include:

  • expired aseptic sterile supplies like catheters;
  • soiled linen and garbage overflowing into hallways;
  • slings being used communally without a clear, consistent cleaning process;
  • medication left unsecured, unlabeled, unattended;
  • lack of proper training in medication management and assistance (for those managing medication);
  • lack of proper training in dementia care (for those assisting clients with dementia); and
  • lack of proper training in risk management, fall prevention, CPR, palliative/end-of-life care, safe lifts, restraints, and bathing.

“The findings of this investigation are incredibly concerning, and show that Albertans in the Lacombe area are not receiving the care they deserve, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “If it hadn’t been for the nursing students who were adamant about bringing their concerns forward, these unacceptable standards could have persisted.”

As the documents outline, a formal report is pending. Wildrose is calling on the NDP government to ensure that report is made public to ensure transparency and accountability.

“There are serious failings at the LHCC that must be addressed in order for faith to be restored in our health care system,” Wildrose Lacombe – Ponoka MLA Ron Orr said. “Patients and their loved ones have seen inadequate levels of care that are simply unacceptable, and that must change. Wildrose will hold the NDP government to account to ensure that significant problems found in the initial investigation are fixed.”

Wildrose spoke to concerned residents in Lacombe about the findings of the initial investigation. Lois Cookson’s 89 year old stepfather was a patient at LHCC and said that “he was dying before our eyes in the Lacombe Hospital” with problems that included incorrect testing, filing of testing under the wrong patient’s name, and providing the wrong antibiotic.