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  • Nursing Home Patient Found Trapped Between Bed Rails, Dies

    A nursing home patient was found dead due to asphyxiation when he was trapped between the bed rails on his nursing home bed. The patient suffered from Alzheimers and was unable to mobilize himself away from the bed rails. The nursing home has since noted that the bed rails have been discontinued in response. An investigation by the department of health ensued after the patient was found dead in his bed.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Patient Falls Multiple Times, Suffers Fractures, Nursing Home Settles

    A 74-year-old male patient was admitted to a nursing home on September 1, 2011. At the time of admission and at all times thereafter, the patient was a high fall risk. The patient's family expressed concerns to the nursing home staff about the patient’s safety as a high fall risk, needing vigilant supervision, to which the nursing home staff responded by assuring the patient’s family he would be protected from falls and that all fall interventions would be used with him.On Septem...  Read More...

  • Patient Falls, Suffers Fracture, Debilitation, Nursing Home Settles

    An 81-year-old female patient was admitted to a nursing home facility on December 21, 2006. On admission, she was a high fall risk. On December 25, 2006, the patient rang her call bell multiple times to obtain help from the nursing home staff, but they did not respond.   Read More...

  • Patient Suffers Subdural Hematoma Due To Blood Thinner

    A 92-year-old patient was discharged from the hospital after a left hip fracture surgery on June 8, 2013 and admitted to the nursing home for therapy. The patient was receiving Lovenox and Coumadin daily, with Admission Orders to the nursing home to maintain INR in the 2-3 range and to check her PT/INR daily until discontinued. The patient was identified as being “at risk for bleeding/bruising/abnormal labs” related to the Coumadin and Lovenox.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Patient Falls, Sustains Injuries, Develops Pressure Ulcers; Nursing Home Settles

    A 73-year-old male nursing home patient had a high fall risk and the danger of sustaining injury during sliding board transfers, of which the nursing home was aware. On November 7, 2012, the patient fell at the nursing home facility when a single CNA was transferring him using a sliding board. After the November 7, 2012 fall, the nursing home was to ensure that the patient would be assisted during all sliding board transfers by two members of the nursing home’s staff and that a gait belt would b...  Read More...

  • Patient Suffers Falls, Fractures, C. Diff and Dies; Nursing Home Settles

    On September 17, 2009, an 87-year-old female nursing home patient began having loose stools. Over the next two months, the patient continued to suffer from C.diff diarrhea, which the nursing home failed timely to diagnose. The nursing home improperly administered Imodium to the patient in response to her diarrhea.During the time of care, the patient was also a high fall risk based on her history of falls, unsteady gait, muscle weakness, use of assistive devices, diuretic medications, cardio...  Read More...

  • Patient Falls, Fractures Ribs, Suffers Respiratory Distress and Dies

    An 81-year-old patient was admitted to a nursing home on March 18, 2009. On admission, he was known by the defendants to be a high fall risk due to an unsteady gait and weakness and poor safety while ambulating, among other medical conditions and limitations.On March 21, 2009, the patient was permitted by the nursing home to fall in his bathroom. The patient was found in the bathroom floor.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Patient Falls, Suffers Fracture, Nursing Home Settles

    A nursing home permitted a 73-year-old female patient in their care to fall. On November 20, 2007, the patient was documented by the nursing home to have been found in her bed crying, complaining of right hip and leg pain. Her leg was also shortened.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Patient Falls, Fractures Ankle, Nursing Home Settles

    On December 8, 2012 at a local adult training center, a 57-year-old male was improperly transferred in his room, resulting in a fracture of his right ankle. The patient required the assistance of two staff for all transfers. Unfortunately, the nursing home aide responsible for his care transferred the patient by herself.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Patient Falls Unsupervised, Suffers Fractures, Nursing Home Settles

    An 83-year-old female was admitted to a nursing home on June 14, 2011. At all times relevant, the nursing home knew the patient was a high fall risk. Unfortunately, the nursing home failed to provide the patient with the safety measures they knew she needed, including without limitation vigilant supervision and bed and chair fall alarms.On June 14, 2011, within an hour of admission to the nursing home, the patient was left unattended and unsupervised in her room.   Read More...

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