Resident Waits Twelve Hours Before Being Sent To Hospital With Two Broken Legs and Broken Shoulder
A nursing home where a patient had lain for almost 12 hours with broken bones is facing fines and a possible termination of its ability to collect funds from Medicare and Medicaid after a state review found conditions there harmful to residents.
The 76-year-old resident fell out of bed while her bedding was changed at 5 a.m. on Feb. 19 -- breaking both legs and her left shoulder. Rescue workers weren't summoned to take her to the hospital until after the next shift came on about 4:45 p.m., according to a police report. Ultimately, however, she died six days after she fell.
The report states that the resident's x-rays were completed by 8:40 a.m. the day she fell, but the nursing facility's staff didn't read them until 4 p.m.
"There was no evidence of the staff attempting to secure the (x-ray) results before then, even after the resident complained of pain," the report states. For more, please read the story.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights ofthe victims of nursing homeandassisted living neglectand abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville,Charlottesville, and across Virginia.
Posted on Mon, April 12, 2010
by Stephanie Carter