Investigators Conclude that Nursing Home Failed to Give Resident Medication

A state investigation revealed that a nursing home failed to ensure that anticoagulant medication was given to a resident, who went into cardiac arrest and died from blood clots in his lungs. According to a report, while the resident was hospitalized, he received heparin but it was not included in his paperwork when he was transferred to the nursing home.

Department of Health states that the nursing home was neglectful during the resident’s stay, because the facility’s guidelines did not provide an effective system of reviewing medical information pertaining to treatment of the resident. A doctor and a doctor’s assistant thought the other was ordering medication for the resident.

The facility has been given correction orders which include reminders to caregivers who are responsible for entering medication orders and following through on them. A chest examination showed that the resident had blood clots in both lungs, which led to his death. 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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