Nursing Homes Fined After Three Resident Neglect Deaths

The health department in one state recently fined three nursing homes a total of $200,000 for incidents that led to three resident deaths. The first facility received a $75,000 fine, the second facility was fined $65,000, and the last facility was fined $60,000. All three citations are the most severe penalty the state can issue.

The first nursing home was fined after an incident in 2010 when staff found a 74-year-old resident with an arm bandage soaked in blood. A registered nurse told admitted to officials that she did not provide care for the resident's bleeding right away. An ambulance was called, but the resident bled to death.

The second, a skilled nursing facility, was fined when a paralyzed resident placed on a ventilator was found unresponsive. Staff noticed that the ventilator was on standby mode, which suspends air flow and alarms, according to a state report. A respiratory therapist said he has switched the ventilator to stnad-by while cleaning the patient's trachea wound and he could not recall if he had turned the ventilator back on. The resident died at the hospital.

The third facility was fined after staff members took three residents to a ballgame last year, including one on restricted diet due to a history of choking. During the game, the staff members bought hot dogs for the residents. The man on the restricted diet began to choke and lost consciousness, according to a state report. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. 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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