Assisted living facility cited in patient death

CREATED May. 14, 2013

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VERONA, Wis. (AP) -- An assisted living facility in Verona has been cited for failing to provide adequate supervision of an elderly resident who wandered outside and died of hypothermia.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services inspectors found Four Winds Lodge failed to put an alarm bracelet on 93-year-old Edna Biederman, who had Alzheimer's disease.

The State Journal says the facility was fined $845.

Four Winds administrator Lynn Howard told the state that the residential facility has installed door alarms and has purchased two-way radios and a wireless nurse call system to help prevent such incidents.

The Dane County medical examiner ruled Biederman's death in March was accidental.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj