Doctor Claims Nursing Home Care Lead Man to his Death

A medical expert has claimed a war veteran died after receiving excessive sedation at a nursing home being investigated over a string of resident deaths.The doctor called record-keeping by nursing home staff “abysmal” and said standards of care were poor.

The doctor was giving evidence that the resident’s prescription of Haloperidol, ananti-psychotic drug, was started and on one occasion he was given 10 milligrams, which he found to be "excessive sedation for a frail and elderly man with Parkinson’s disease”.

The home is also under scrutiny for placing the resident, who had a chest infection and was developing pneumonia, in a bucket chair, which wouldhave made breathing difficult.

His death certificate stated he died of bronchial pneumonia and dementia, but the doctor said due to a lack of evidence in the written records, excessive sedation, the bucket chair and delay in administration of antibiotics could have been key factors. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter,Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is
dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing
home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke,
Norfolk, Lynchburg,Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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