Nursing Home Held Responsible For Patient Death

A patient died at a nursing home without acquiring CPR from the staff, even though he had signed paperwork requesting resuscitation.  The lack of care offered pointed to a broken system of paperwork and protocols.  The nursing home was using an unauthorized “cheat sheet” to identify patients requiring lifesaving efforts.

The patient was gasping for air for at least 10 minutes while the nurses and aides did nothing to help him live.  The first nurse said she forgot to check his code status, while another said she was checking his vital signs during his death, but not offering CPR. The first nurse was suspended and the procedures were reviewed and updated, with training for staff on the new policies.  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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