Nursing Home Employee Neglected Patient When She Failed to Perform CPR or Call 911

CBS Minnesota reports that a former nursing home employee is accused of neglect in connection with the death of a patient with known breathing problems who died in the bathroom. According to investigators from the State Department of Health, the resident was not given CPR and 911 was not called.

The patient had been admitted to the facility after a brief hospital visit related to breathing problems associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ("COPD"). The patient’s medical records regarding life saving treatment showed she had a “Do Resuscitate” order and a “Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment” order, which tells nursing home staff that CPR should be performed or 911 called if the patient becomes unresponsive without a pulse or the ability to breath.

The patient died shortly after her admission when she was became unresponsive in the restroom. A facility worker was called to the room, but failed to initiate CPR or call 911. The employee said they did not perform follow the proper precautions because they “were tired and not thinking clearly” during the night shift. The employee has resigned from her position. 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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