Pleasantview fined $8,000
KALONA—The Pleasantview Home has received an $8,000 fine from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals in the health facilities division.
“We self-reported the incident to the state in June,” said the director of Pleasantview Home David Heusinkveld, “and we have fully cooperated with the investigation. We took immediate steps to address this and other concerns.”
Heusinkveld said the state investigated the incident in July. The report was released on July 25, 2013, by the Department of Inspections and Appeals.
It said the fine was due to significant medication errors. The report said a resident was prescribed 5 milligrams of Plendil orally every day this past spring. The resident was taken to a local hospital in late May, which was when the medication error was discovered. The resident was being given 50 milligrams of Plendil, which was 10 times the amount that was prescribed over a six and a half week time period.
Heusinkveld declined to say what the Pleasantview Home was doing to correct its error but thought this was a one-time incident.
“We took this very seriously,” Heusinkveld said. “We do not think this is the quality of care our residents receive here.”
The Pleasantview Home was also cited for not having residents’ medications reviewed by a licensed pharmacist monthly and for services that did not meet professional standards, the report said.