Nursing Home Fined When Residents Die From Pneumonia

A nursing home has been fined $2,000 for lapses in patient care in connection with an outbreak of viral respiratory illnesses at the home in which four patients died of pneumonia. According to records, nearly half of the home’s 43 residents were sickened during the outbreak.

The state Department of Public Health released details of the citation and fine against the nursing home that officials did not immediately report the illnesses as an outbreak when 10 percent of the residents exhibited symptoms. By April, 20 residents and three staff members were ill. Four patients, who also had underlying health problems, died of pneumonia at the facility or in hospitals.

The nursing home provided training to its employees on limiting the outbreak and improved the cleaning of common areas. State officials said in the citation that the staff failed to implement infection prevention measures, did not sufficiently isolate the sick patients, and did not wear masks during the outbreak. 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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