Nursing Home Resident Dies Shortly After Being Given the Wrong Medication

A nursing home has been blamed for errors in administering medication for three residents, including one who died. The State Department of Health on Friday released records of its investigation at the facility and found that three residents were sent to the emergency room after the medication errors.The errors occurred from May 27 to June 12, 2009.

Two of the residents received medication not intended for them, and the third resident was administered his medications at the wrong time, according to the report. A resident who received the wrong medication was taken to the hospital June 1, 2009, where she died a few days later.

Medical records cited in the investigation showed the medication caused the woman's blood pressure to drop, and she contracted pneumonia. Four staff members at the facility were blamed for the three errors, and the health department's investigation said despite training on administering medication, the investigation "indicated a systems failure on the part of the facility." The facility was found responsible for the neglect. 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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