Nursing Home Worker Accused of Patient Death After Failure to Provide CPR
A former nursing home employee is accused of neglect lead to a patient death. The patient died in a bathroom after they were not given CPR and 911 was not called. This information is according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
The incident occurred in 2012. A patient was admitted to the facility after being in the hospital for five days for breathing issues. The patient was said to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The patient also had a “Do Resuscitate” order in place, which meant that the caretakers were to try and revive the patient if they were not breathing or there was no pulse.
Shortly after admission into the facility, the resident went to the bathroom and was not responsive. The employee accused of neglect was called to the room, but that employee did not initiate CPR or call 911. Documents state that the reason why the worker did not initiate life saving measures was because the employee was “tired and not thinking clearly” due to working the night shift.
The worker resigned from the facility after the incident and during questioning by the administrative nurse. A report concluded that the death of the resident was due to the neglect of the employee.
As of yet, the Health Department has not revealed the identities of the individuals involved, nor did they state exactly when the alleged neglectful act occurred.
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When interviewed by the administrative nurse, the former employee stated that he knew that certain action should have been taken, but cited not thinking clearly. The investigation also found that there was no neglect on the part of the nursing home.