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California Nursing Home Fall Leads to $75K Fine by State

December 31, 1969

The California Department of Public Health has issued a Class A citation to Crystal Ridge Care Center because of the death of a nursing home patient after fall accident in the bathtub. The assisted living facility must also pay a $75,000 fine.

Although the care facility's policy it to have two operators run the mechanical lift that was used to transfer the resident, just one certified nursing assistant was it to move the male resident from the bathtub. The patient fell into the tub, breaking three neck bones and striking his head. He passed away a few days later.

The CDPH says that the patient's records had documented that he was at risk for fall accidents and needed assistance when being transferred. Also, not only had the assisted living facility not provided any lift training to its staff, but also its administrator does not use a checklist to cibfurn workers' competencies. The state says that Crystal Ridge failed to keep the patient safe.

Nursing Home Fall Accidents
Transferring patients to and from beds, wheelchairs, bathtubs, and chairs requires the proper safety procedures to minimize the chance of serious injuries. This assistance may involve the manual help of nursing home staff or, in some instances, the use of a mechanical lift.

Lifts are usually used to assist patients who are overweight, contracted or so severely impaired that the added support of the lift is best alternative. A mechanical lift might be used to help a person go from standing to sitting position or help in being transferred from one place/location or modality (bed to wheelchair) to another.

Common cause of mechanical lift injuries:
• Just one staff member operating a lift that requires two people for safe operation
• Inadequately secured transfer belts, which can lead to fall accidents and bruising
• Inadequate training
• Not enough staff
• Poor maintenance

You may be able to obtain Orange County, California nursing home negligence damages for a loved one that was injured in a fall accident that could/should have been prevented. Assisted living facilities know that some patients are more prone to falls than others and it is their job to implement and execute the proper safety procedures to prevent that from happening.

For many sick and elderly people, a nursing home fall is a serious accident that can lead to the deterioration of one's health and even death. If a care facility is understaffed or hasn't trained workers to properly handle patients need help then Anaheim nursing home neglect may be at play.

Some reasons why some patients may be more prone to Orange County, California nursing home falls:

• Mental illness
• Dementia
• Old age
• Hip injuries
• Poor vision
• Sedation from medication
• Poor balance
• Weak muscles
• Slower reaction time
• Physically disabled

Nursing Home Faces Most Severe Fine After Death of Resident, Fox40, October 31, 2011

Grass Valley nursing home fined $75K in patient death, The Union,
November 1, 2011

Related Web Resources:
California Department of Public Health

Falls in Nursing Homes, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Los Angeles County, California Nursing Home Death Leads to $75,000 Fine, California Injury Lawyers, August 31, 2011