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Nursing Home Death Linked to Medication Error

A clear example of Illinois nursing home negligence occurs when a resident is not given proper medication. One of the most basic tasks with which nursing home staff members are charged is ensuring that resident receive the necessary and routine medical treatment that they require to stay alive. Unfortunately, even that basic task is often neglected, occasionally leading to severe consequences like death.

That type of nursing home mistake was apparently at the heart of a resident’s death that was recently reported in the Star Tribune. The paper explained how state health department officials released information this week on the unacceptable nursing home error.

The report notes how the victim entered the facility early last year after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure and low potassium. The condition necessitated that she receive three two-tablet doses of potassium every day. As with many elderly residents in poor health, the proper administration of that medication was actually a matter of life and death.

Unfortunately, the nursing home did not take its responsibility seriously. Over the course of only eight days the victim missed a startling twenty six doses. Obviously the nursing home medication error had severe consequences on the health of the vulnerable resident. Only two weeks after arriving at the home she was rushed to a nearby emergency room after being found unresponsive in her room. She suffered from an abnormal heart rhythm and died that very day.

The home was eventually cited for causing the death with inadequate medication administration. Following the woman’s death the facility noted that a “transcription error” led to the failure to properly give the women her needed medication.

Our Chicago nursing home neglect lawyers at Levin & Perconti urge local community members to ensure that their loved ones are receiving the care that they deserve at their nursing home. It is widely understood that many more instances of nursing home negligence and abuse occur than are ever reported. Do not let your loved one become one of those unknown victims.

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