Home health aide charged with stealing controlled substance from patient

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by Ruella Rouf / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 7 at 5:20 AM

(KMOV) – A home health care worker is accused of altering prescription documents and using the prescription drugs meant for her patient.

Carol Kruidenier-Humphrey, 58, was a home health aid with Martha’s Hands. She is being charged with one count of stealing a controlled substance.

Police said the victim’s son noticed doses of hydrocodone were missing from his mother’s residence.

After further investigation, police said they discovered a form to log medication dosages had been missing. According to documents, the form indicated that 24 doses of hydrocodone were present in the home. Police said the form was later discovered in a trash can inside the victim’s home and was torn into pieces. Police said a new form indicating the presence of 14 doses was found where the original form should have been.

Authorities said Kruidenier-Humphrey admitted to filling out the new form even though it was not her responsibility. Police told News 4 she claimed that she filled the form out because the original form was not filled out and in its proper place.  According to court documents, she denied taking any medication from the home, but a drug test indicated that she had ingested hydrocodone.

The CEO of Martha’s Hands, John L. Hendrick emailed News 4 with the following statement:

“We are saddened about this incident.  The individual charged by the authorities was employed at the time of the alleged theft.  That person is no longer an employee.  While we regret this incident ever happened, we are encouraged that our Medication Protocols and Procedures discovered this incident.  We acted immediately to ensure the client’s health and to determine the facts surrounding this incident; including securing evidence.  We then encouraged the family to contact law enforcement.  We actively assisted law enforcement with their investigation.  Again, we are sad that this incident ever occurred.  We are thankful that our Medication Protocols and Procedures, which were designed partly to discover this very type of risk, uncovered this situation in a timely manner.  Most importantly, our client and her family appreciates our efforts in how we handled this situation and they continue to place their trust in us and continue to receive  services to this day.  While this is the first such incident in our company’s 17 years in business, we will continue to enforce and strengthen our protocols and procedures.” 

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