State investigators issued a $100,000 fine to nursing home Aviara Healthcare Center in Encinitas after finding that a resident’s death was caused by neglect. The resident died of blunt force trauma after a fall.
According to reports, the resident was at the nursing home to rehabilitate a broken hip, and suffered a fall on May 9 when trying to get out of bed. The following morning at 3 a.m., the resident got out of bed and stumbled into the hallway. A nurse saw him grab onto a large Hoyer lift (a large mechanical lift), which toppled over on top of the resident. The lift struck him in the head, causing a deep cut and a severe brain injury. He died three days later.
Investigators concluded that Aviara Healthcare was negligent for storing the large mechanical lift in the hallway outside the resident’s rooms, and received statements from several employees who stated that the lift was supposed to be stored elsewhere. As a result, a Class AA citation was issued.
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