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Too Tired To Save A Life

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

162017_132140396847214_292624_nOn December 21, 2012, an aide at a nursing home facility located in Waconia, Minnesota failed to perform CPR on a nursing home resident, claiming that he was “too tired” to perform CPR, after which the resident died. While some nursing home residents choose to instruct their health care providers to not perform CPR (a “do not resuscitate” order) if they become unresponsive while they are a resident of the nursing home, the Minnesota nursing home resident and her physician instructed that CPR be performed if the she became unresponsive while in the nursing home. In fact, the physician’s order placed in the resident’s nursing home chart at the time of her admission stated ”Do Resuscitate,” which required the nursing home staff to perform CPR if she did not have a pulse and was not breathing.

The nursing aide reportedly told a nurse at the nursing home that he was tired at the time that the resident became unresponsive and that he was “not thinking clearly” at the time. Therefore, he failed to either call 911 or perform CPR, although he had been trained to do both. An investigation into the matter by the Minnesota Department of Health (“MDH”) determined that there was neglect by the nursing home aide. The incident resulted in the nursing home employee resigning from his job at the nursing home and his name and the finding of neglect being placed in a nursing aide registry maintained by the MDH.


What Happened?

The 86-year-old woman was legally blind, had osteoporosis that resulted in severe back pain, and used oxygen to breath. Her son had been taking care of her at home for three years until he could no longer provide for her needs (the woman needed around-the-clock care, she could not walk, and her son had to carry her to bed). The woman was brought to the hospital in April 2012, where she stayed for only a few days before being discharged to the nursing home.

The son reportedly stated about his mother’s death at the nursing home, ”She was a great person and she didn’t deserve to have that happen to her, and I just don’t want that to happen to anyone else. Just hard to lose her. I can understand everybody’s got to die, but you don’t have to die because someone is too tired to dial the phone.”

The nursing home responded to the results of the MDH investigation by stating that all of their procedures and policies were in place and the nursing aide was solely responsible for the woman’s death for failing to take the actions he was trained to do.


If you or a loved one suffered injuries while a resident of a nursing home, you should contact a local nursing home claim attorney (medical malpractice attorney) who may agree to investigate your possible nursing home claim for you.

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Minnesota Assisted Living Facility Cited For Failing To Seek Medical Care For Resident Who Fell

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

162017_132140396847214_292624_nA Minnesota assisted-living facility has been cited by the Minnesota Health Department for neglect involving of one of its residents who injured her head as a result of a fall for which the assisted-living facility failed to timely seek medical attention. The resident was not hospitalized for three days after her fall and head injury; she died the following month as a result of her injuries. The investigative report issued two weeks ago indicated that the assisted-living facility did not have a registered nurse available to respond to after-hours calls from unlicensed staff at the facility when residents of the assisted-living facility experienced changes in their conditions.

The resident had a history of falls while attempting to get out of bed at the assisted-living facility. Sometime during November, 2011, the woman evidently fell and injured herself. On November 18, 2011, the woman was not complaining of any pain but bumps on her head were observed by the staff. The next day, the woman was in the bathroom when she called for assistance, complaining that her nose hurt. One of the staff noticed bruising on the back of the woman’s head later that night.

The following day, the woman refused to open her eyes or to respond to the staff; she remained in bed later than was usual for her. Later that morning, the assisted-living facility’s registered nurse was advised for the first time regarding the woman’s condition. The woman was sent to the hospital later that day.

The woman died in the hospital on December 5, 2011. The cause of death stated in her death certificate were the injuries she sustained as a result of falling.

The Minnesota Health Department cited the assisted-living facility for its failure to report changes in the woman’s condition to the contracted registered nurse and its failure to provide timely medical attention for the woman following her fall in November, 2011.

The executive director of the assisted-living facility acknowledged the facility’s short-comings, stating that the assisted-living facility’s own ”top-to-bottom assessment of this tragic situation … reached the same conclusions as the Department of Health.” In response to the investigation and findings, the assisted-living facility ceased its use of the contracted registered nurse and has agreed to have a nurse available every day, all day long, and to retrain its staff and to monitor its staff for compliance.


What Is The Difference Between An Assisted-Living Facility And A Nursing Home?

The two main differences between nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are the level of necessary care provided to residents and the level of independence (or level of restrictions) of residents. Nursing homes provide constant medical supervision of residents who are incapable of living independently and are in need of substantial or full assistance with activities of daily living. Residents of assisted-living facilities generally need less care and supervision and are capable of dressing themselves, taking care of their personal hygiene needs, and preparing and consuming their own meals without much supervision or assistance (residents of assisted-living facilities may need some assistance with bathing, medication management, etc.) and are typically free to come and go from the facility as they please (many may even continue to drive). Most assisted-living facilities are private-pay whereas most nursing home residents are covered, in whole or in part, by Medicare or Medicaid.

If you or a loved one may have been injured as a result of the failure of a nursing home or an assisted-living facility to provide necessary care or services, you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation for the injuries and losses sustained as a result of nursing home neglect, nursing home abuse, nursing home negligence, assisted living neglect, assisted living abuse, or assisted living negligence.

In order to protect your legal rights, you should promptly consult with a local nursing home claim attorney or a local assisted living claim attorney to learn about your rights and responsibilities in seeking justice.

Click here to visit our website or telephone us on our toll-free telephone line (800-295-3959) to be connected with nursing home lawyers or assisted living lawyers in your state who may be willing to investigate your nursing home claim or assisted living claim for you and represent you or your loved one in a nursing home case or assisted living case, if appropriate.

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