Death by Asphyxiation: Elder Justice “No Harm” Newsletter (Volume 3 Issue 8)
In the Elder Justice Newsletter, we highlight citations, including deficiencies related to abuse, neglect, and substandard care, that have been identified as not causing any resident harm. The goal of this brief newsletter is to shed light on the issue of so-called “no harm” deficiencies, which typically result in no fine or penalty to the nursing home.
This newsletter focuses on the following “no harm” violations:
Death by asphyxiation: Facility fails to implement a resident’s care plan.
A wound unhealed: Facility fails to provide resident with appropriate pressure ulcer care.
Dining during COVID: Facility ignores Department of Health requirement to discontinue communal dining.
A 20 percent weight loss: Facility fails to meet nutritional and hydration needs for a resident.