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Sedated Man Dies after Fall

Just eight hours after moving into the Pekin Living and Rehab Center, a man was approached by four employees who injected him with a high amount of the antipsychotic drug Haldol. According to state records this quickly sedated him, and he fell in his room several hours later. The fall hurt his head and he died at the hospital. The employee was not licensed as a nurse and did not have a doctor’s order to give the man medication. The death shows the reality that heavily drugged residents are oftentimes falling and suffering injuries in nursing homes. Inspectors have documented hundreds of instances of residents falling while on psychotropic drugs since 2001, yet the authorities have done little to address the issue. The man was admitted to Pekin Living and Rehab Center with a history of diabetes and breathing issues, but no records indicate that he was psychotic. After being given the drug the man’s pulse fell to 48. Six hours later he fell and struck his head on a fan. He died two days later of breeding in the brain. Tazewell County’s coroner ruled the death a homicide. The Illinois Department of Public Health fined the facility $55,000 and the nursing home fired the person who injected the dug. To read more about the wrongful death, please click the link.

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