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State: Nurse’s neglect led to nursing home death

State health investigators have concluded that a veteran nurse at a St. Louis Park nursing home failed to intervene properly for a patient who suffered breathing problems in January and died minutes later.

Health Department investigators also said the licensed practical nurse offered “inconsistent” versions of the event when she documented her actions in writing and when she was interviewed about the death, which occurred at the Texas Terrace Care Center.

The state report, released Thursday, said the nurse’s primary shortcoming was failing to call 911. “She did not follow standard nursing judgment,” the reported said.

The nurse, who was hired at Texas Terrace in 1994, is no longer employed by the center, said Mat Bedard, the facility’s administrator.

Neither the nurse nor the resident was named in the report.

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