Nursing Home Fined $100,000 for Failing to Remove Cap On Woman's Breathing Tube

A nursing home has been cited and fined $100,000 by the Department of Public Health for negligent care that led to the death of a resident. The fine was the most severe penalty allowed under state law.

The penalty was issued after a nurse at the facility inserted a breathing tube into the trachea of an 81-year-old woman with the cap still on the tube. The woman could not breath trough the tube, which led to suffocation and death. According to state officials the facility did not have a policy for properly inserting the breathing tube, known as a "T-piece." 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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