investigation into claims that a 98-year old female dementia patient was bitten on the
face by mice at a long term care home in the city continues.
incident allegedly happened on September 1st, as claimed the the group "Friends
of Medicare" in a news release issued September 9th. The next day, Provincial
Health Minister Fred Horne announced a probe would be conducted under the
Protection for "Persons in Care Act", along with a review into whether health
standards were breached at St Terese Villa. Alberta Health Services will also
monitor operations at the facility.
Tuesday night, (September 10th) Covenant
Health issued a statement statement indicating their own investigation had found
no evidence that mice had bitten the elderly woman's face.
un-edited text of that news release follows:
Health is co-operating fully with Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services in
reviews following allegations that a resident was bitten by a mouse at St.
its follow up investigation, Covenant Health has gathered more information,
conferring with care staff and reviewing the documentation extensively.
a result, the organization is confident that the resident was not bitten by a
mouse. While a mouse was sighted in the room, there is no evidence,
documentation or verbal confirmation that a mouse was ever sighted near the
resident has been assessed medically and the physician opinion is that there is
no evidence of wounds caused by an animal bite. There is an indication that the
symptoms are consistent with a viral condition. The medical review confirmed
that appropriate care and treatment were provided.
can understand how the public would be alarmed at a story like the one that was
circulated yesterday,” says President and CEO Patrick Dumelie, “We are also
concerned for the distress these allegations have caused our families and
residents and our staff who provide incredible care.”
collaboration with Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health immediately dealt
with any environmental concerns—cleaning areas thoroughly according to standards
and protocol and are monitoring on an ongoing basis.
control has been augmented at St. Therese Villa and the site will continue to
every precaution to prevent mice entering our facilities.
Covenant Health will continue to review the situation for quality improvements
and implement any further necessary changes.
Health welcomes anyone who has concerns—whether resident, staff, family,
visitor--to bring them forward to administration or nursing staff.