Everything listed under: nursing home fall

  • Patient Falls During Transfer, Suffers Fracture, Dies After Surgery; Facility Settles

    A 92-year-old female patient was admitted to an assisted living facility on or about June 28, 2011. At all times relevant, the patient was a high fall risk, about which the assisted living staff were aware. The patient had chronic instability and a history of multiple falls at the assisted living facility.   Read More...

  • Assisted Living Patient Falls Repeatedly, Suffers Multiple Fractures; Case Settles

    A 78-year-old female patient was admitted to an assisted living facility on Christmas Eve in 2015, with a history of having eloped from home on multiple occasions. While at the hospital, she was noted to be increasingly confused and, per therapy records there, required supervision for bed mobility and transfers. She remained a high fall risk patient for reasons that included poor safety awareness.The patient was permitted to fall at the assisted living facility on 1/8/16, during which a LPN left...  Read More...

  • Patient Allowed To Wander From Nursing Home Facility; Falls And Suffers Traumatic Facial Fracture

    A 70- year-old female was admitted to a nursing home on February 25, 2012. At the time of her admission and thereafter at all times relevant, the patient had dementia, significant memory loss with minimal recall, confusion, and altered mental status. The nursing home staff knew when the patient was admitted to its facility and thereafter at all times relevant that the patient suffered from these cognitive, emotional, and physical conditions, needs, limitations, and vulnerabilities.At the time of...  Read More...

  • Nursing Home Aware Of Fall Risk For A Decade Allows Patient To Fall, Suffer Fracture; Nursing Home Settles

    Admitted at 86 years old, a female patient was at the same nursing home for approximately 10 years. At all times relevant, the patient was known by the nursing home to be a fall risk due to a medical history that included dementia, incontinence, the use of assistive devices for ambulation, and the necessity for extensive assistance of nursing home staff for mobility.On January 21, 2013, the nursing home permitted the 96-year-old patient to rise, stand, and walk to the bathroom, where she fell to...  Read More...

  • Nursing Home Fails To Prevent Multiple Falls, Patient Sustains Hip Fracture; Nursing Home Settles

    An 85-year-old male patient was admitted to a nursing home on August 1, 2012 for rehabilitation following surgery for a broken hip. At all times relevant to his nursing home care, the patient was known by the defendant to be a high fall risk due to confusion, vision problems, impaired mental status, poor safety awareness, impaired balance, incontinence, poor coordination, vascular dementia, confusion, agitation, and a history of falls. The patient required extensive assistance with bed mobility,...  Read More...

  • Nursing Home Patient Allowed To Fall, Suffers Fracture; Nursing Home Settles

    A 90-year-old patient was admitted to a nursing home on July 19, 2013. At all times relevant, the patient was known by the nursing home to be a high fall risk due to a medical history that included a recent CVA, polio with right-sided weakness and right arm paralysis, dementia, confusion, disorientation, impaired decision making, impulsivity, the need for assistance with mobility and activities of daily living, and decreased functional mobility, strength, endurance, activity tolerance, balance, ...  Read More...

  • Nursing Home Patient Dropped From Bed, Suffers Bilateral Leg Fractures; Arbitration Awarded To Plaintiff

    A 36-year-old female patient was admitted to a nursing home on July 8, 2011.  At all times relevant, the patient had severe multiple sclerosis, was unable to move her legs, and was dependent on the assistance of the nursing home for all of her activities of daily living, including mobility.  On September 28, 2013 at approximately 1:55 a.m., a CNA was making the patient’s bed with the patient in the bed.  The bed was at staff transfer level (i.e., high), and bo...  Read More...

  • Patient Dropped, Sustains Fractures & Pressure Ulcer, Later Assaulted; Nursing Home Settles

    An 88-year-old patient was known at all times relevant by the nursing home staff to be a high fall risk due to a history of falls, psychotropic drug use, decline in mental status, and a history of CVA with hemiparesis and contractures.  The patient was totally dependent on the nursing home’s staff for her activities of daily living and for mobility, including transfers, for which she required the assistance of two staff members and the use of a mechanical lift.  Due to the CVA, t...  Read More...

  • Patient Permitted To Fall, Nursing Home Fails To Assess Injuries Until Day After Fall, Nursing Home Settles

    A patient 79-year-old female patient was admitted to a nursing home on October 12, 2012. At all times relevant, the nursing home knew the patient was a high fall risk based on a medical history that included hypertension, the use of narcotic pain medications, disorientation, impaired vision and hearing, unsafe behavior, weakness, confusion, agitation, unsteady gait, wandering, exit-seeking behavior, and dizziness, among other conditions and limitations. The nursing home prepared a care plan that...  Read More...

  • Female Patient Falls Unattended, Suffers Multiple Fractures, Nursing Home Settles

    A 91-year-old patient was admitted to a nursing home on November 21, 2011.  At all times relevant, the nursing home knew the patient was a high fall risk based on a medical history that included Alzheimer’s dementia, confusion, poor safety awareness, the use of assistive devices, dizziness, and deficits in strength and balance, among other conditions and limitations.  Unfortunately, the nursing home failed to provide the patient with the safety measures it knew she needed, includi...  Read More...