Patient Dies after Not Receiving Immediate CPR- Nursing Home Fined

The Department of Public Health fined numerous nursing homes after investigations showed several violations. One particular violation resulted in the death of a patient. Staff found the "patient unresponsive, sitting upright with vomit on the face." They did not initiate CPR until five minutes after the nursing home staff found the patient and then it took another minute before they called 911. Emergency services personnel pronounced the patient dead 15 minutes later. The licensed practical nurse could not give an explanation as to why she did not call a “code blue” to begin CPR or call 911 immediately after finding the patient.

Other violations included a patient receiving a daily dose of medicine when only prescribed to a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday schedule. Multiple facilities allowed falls, resulting in injuries such as, a laceration to the head, a broken femur, and shoulder fracture. The inadequate staff permitted patients to leave the nursing home facilities. Some patients wandered out of doors that the nursing home staff propped open. To find out more on this story, read here.

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