Medication Error Results in Nursing Home Resident's Death

The Department of Health Care and Rehab, has fined a nursing home twelve thousand dollars after an incident was discovered by the Department of Health (DOH) during an earlier inspection. The violations involved a medication error that caused the hospitalization of a patient.

The patient involved in the incident had been admitted to the nursing home for short term rehabilitation. Upon intake, it was noted that the woman was diabetic and during admission, insulin was ordered. Physician orders did not specify dosage amount which resulted in the woman receiving a higher dose of insulin than necessary. The resident was hospitalized, and ultimately died, less than one week after her admission to the facility.

During the inspection, investigators issued the facility the most severe rating in two areas of nursing home neglect. When a nursing home receives four out of four on the DOH severity scale, it means that the Department feels that residents were put in immediate jeopardy by the actions, or inaction, of the nursing home.  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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