Nursing Home Responsible for Woman's Death After Failing to Administer Medication

Investigators in one state have found a  nursing home responsible for failing to give a patient prescribed medication that may have led to her fatal stroke in May. Aside from a published report which places blame on the facility, it faces no fine or penalties for the neglect.

According to the report by the Department of Health, the woman was a patient at the facility from May 6 to May 25, following hospitalization for an infection. She was at the nursing home to gain strength before moving back to her assisted living facility. The woman had been on a blood thinning medication for10 years after experiencing small strokes. At the nursing home, she was not given the medication, nor was she given a required blood test to monitor its effectiveness. The woman missed 18 doses of the medication.

On May 25, she had regained her strength and  was discharged to assisted living.  Two days later she suffered a major stroke, was admitted to a hospital, and died on June 4. The stroke was the result of a blood clot. 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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