Nursing Home Cited for Neglect in Connection With Resident's Death

A nursing home has been cited for neglect after nurses and other medical personnel waited seven minutes before trying revive a 23-year-old patient who laid motionless and not breathing at the facility.

The medical professionals hesitated much too long before they began chest compressions, according to state records. According to medical experts, CPR within the first five minutes is crucial. According to the state Department on Aging and Disability, seven nurses working at the facility lacked current CPR certification.

According to a state investigation, the staff spent the seven minutes combing through young man's medical records, trying to determine whether he had a "do not resuscitate" order in place. Following the young man's death, state inspectors found that six rooms had stickers indicating whether residents had "do not resuscitate" order in place. Of the six, four were labeled incorrectly.

The young man had moved into the facility after an August single-car accident in which he lost control and slammed into a metal pole. He suffered traumatic head injuries and broken bones. Following the incident, residents were given wrist bands bearing different colored dots to reflect their resuscitation orders. All vocational nurses have made arrangements to obtain CPR certification. 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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