Nursing Home Cited For At Risk Patient Fall | Michigan Nursing Home Attorneys

The Golden LivingCenter Lynnhurst nursing home in St. Paul, MN is being investigated by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that a resident fell from his bed resulting in a facture to his nose.

The MDH investigated the matter and found that staff failed to ensure he had a floor mat in place in accordance with his nursing assistant worksheet and plan of care.  The resident was at risk of falls due to his medical diagnoses, history of falls, poor judgment, and attempts to unsafely self-transfer. His nursing assistant worksheet and care plan identified numerous on-going interventions in place to reduce his risk of falls.  His on-going interventions included: a high and low bed, sensor alarms, contour mattress, room close to the nursing station, and a floor mat while in bed.

The day the accident occurred, staff heard a loud noise in the resident’s room.  The nursing home staff found him on the floor with an abrasion to the bridge of his nose. The resident was diagnosed with a nasal fracture. At the time of the fall, the facility did not have the required protective floor mat in place. The MDH determined that Golden LivingCenter Lynnhurst nursing home was responsible for neglect of the resident. [Case no. H5394047]

Patient Fall in Michigan Nursing Home Risk Factors

Each patient residing at a Michigan nursing home should be assessed for their risk factors and probability to fall.  Often times, it is the staff’s lack of knowledge and awareness that does not allow them to properly assess a patients risk for to fall.  The staff should implement assessment tools, intervention strategies and communication skills with each other.  Listed below some of the most common factors as to why a patient fell in Michigan nursing home.

  • Age
  • History of falls
  • Awareness and acceptance
  • Pathological conditions and existing diseases
  • Postural hypotension
  • Vision deficits
  • Hearing deficits
  • Strength deficits
  • Loss of symmetry
  • Balance problems
  • Cognitive and attention issues
  • Shoe style and fit
  • Assistive device and fit
  • Environmental factors
  • Nutrition and hydration (qualifies as both intrinsic and extrinsic)
  • Lack of: assessment tools, treatment, and communication

Contact Your Michigan Nursing Home Injury Attorney

If your loved fell in a Michigan nursing home and suffers injuries due to that fall, that nursing home may be responsible for their injuries. Contact our office immediately after a patient fell in Michigan nursing home to investigate the cause of the accident. These injuries are often not well-documented and it is necessary to do a full investigation, especially because the person does not always have the ability to remember or describe the incident. The injured and the family members may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries in a fall if the fall took place in a Michigan nursing home and the nursing home failed to take proper preventative fall measures. Call our Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. law firm office today at (800) 606- 1717 for your free consultation!

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