Nursing Home Resident Death Due To Fall
State regulators have cited a nurse at a Sibley County nursing home in the death due to fall of a resident who fell and broke his hip after being left alone in his bathroom. The resident fell while trying to return to his bed on his own and died not long after.
Death Due to Fall – In an investigative report that was released in August, state officials said that the nursing home nurse at Good Samaritan Society Arlington helped the resident go to the bathroom on October 25, 2011 at around 6:45p.m. The nurse then gave him a call light and left the resident alone while going to help a fellow employee with another task. Another member of the staff saw the resident fall.
It was noted in the report that the man was in need of a wheelchair because he had a history of falling.
Although the resident’s death was officially declared to be due to pneumonia, elderly individuals tend to develop pneumonia after they have suffered a fall that renders them completely disabled.
A Star Tribune report in 2009 had found that there were over 1100 nursing home fall-related deaths in Minnesota since 2002, whether from the fall itself or the aftermath.
The nurse cited in the death stated that she was not aware the patient’s care plan required someone present while he was using the bathroom. She said she had left the room to help a new employee and told the resident to use his call light when he was ready to go back to bed.
The nursing home disciplined the nurse, according to investigators, who are not releasing the names of the nurse or the resident.
Good Samaritan, a Sioux Falls-based nonprofit, said that the report was still being reviewed. Good Samaritan operates 25 assisted-living facilities, 35 nursing homes, and 7 home health agencies in Minnesota.