Nursing Assistants Admit to Improper Use of Mechanical Lift Resulting in Resident's Death

According to a state investigation released last week, two nursing assistants required retraining after they failed to properly strap an elderly nursing home resident into a mechanical lift, which led to the woman being dropped and suffering fatal head injuries.

According to the investigation, the two assistants admitted to not crossing the straps below the elderly woman's thighs before activating the lift. She fell from the lift and struck her head on the lift's metal frame. The resident was hospitalized three days, then returned to the nursing home where her condition deteriorated and she died two weeks after the fall. The assistants were reprimanded for failing to follow protocols regarding lift use and they also were retrained on proper use of the lift, according to the report. 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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