Nursing Home Cited For Allowing Residents To Smoke While Hooked up to Oxygen Machines

A nursing home was fined this year for not preventing residents from smoking in their rooms around oxygen devices, jeopardizing safety.  The Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was fined $3,250 by the Department of Health & Human Services after it was discovered that three residents were known by staff to smoke cigarettes in their rooms with oxygen devices present. No smoking or open flames should be within five feet of any oxygen device. One smoker also had a flammable aerosol can of enamel nearby on a nightstand for art projects.

The smoking deficiencies were identified during a Medicare survey of the 161-bed facility. The administrator told state officials that the smoking issue was resolved by several changes, according to the state inspection report. Earlier in the year a resident of another facility was seriously injured after an oxygen tank exploded when it was exposed to a cigarette flame. 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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