Connecticut nursing homes cited by Department of Health
Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 07, 2014 in Nursing Home Abuse
The decision to move a loved one into a nursing home is difficult for most to make. Nonetheless, it is a decision that many, including residents of the state of Connecticut, must come to terms with. When most people make that decision it is because the person is in a condition that requires round the clock care and there is an assumption that the care the person receives will be of a certain level of quality. Unfortunately this is not always the case. Recent citations issued by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, illustrate this.
In one situation a nursing home resident was provided medication in error. Though she had low potassium, the medication made the problem even worse.
At another Connecticut nursing home a man who had chronic kidney disease and was incontinent, was allowed to remain wet from urine for six hours.
In still another cases, a nurse’s aide positioned a resident while bathing the individual, in a way that allowed the individual to fall out of the bed, resulting in injuries. That person needed a total of 16 stitches and was bruised in the incident.
For one resident the treatment resulted in death. Despite a doctor’s order that the resident’s input and output of fluid be monitored, the information was not recorded. Several days later that person was taken to the hospital after being found unresponsive, and ultimately died.
When a nursing home resident is injured or dies as a result of the care he or she receives at a nursing home, that person’s loved one’s may seek to hold the facility responsible via a lawsuit. In these situations it is a good idea to work with a lawyer who understands how these cases work.
Source: Middletown Press, “Cromwell nursing home among six in Connecticut fined following lapses in care,” Cara Rosner, Aug. 5, 2014