Thursday, February 20, 2014

A nightmare nursing home - Editorial - Newsday

The Medford Multicare Center for Living fits the stereotype of the nursing home from hell. The place has an abominable 11-year record of nursing home abuse, neglect, cover-ups, health infractions, criminal convictions and multimillion-dollar paydays for the owners.

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman wrote a new chapter in that scandalous history last week when his office arrested seven employees in connection with the October 2012 death of Aurelia Rios, a 72-year-old resident who wasn't connected to a ventilator overnight, as ordered by her doctor. Among those arrested was a respiratory therapist accused of ignoring alarms that sounded every 15 seconds for two hours to indicate the ventilator wasn't connected, and also ignoring pager messages when the patient stopped breathing. The other six -- nurses, aides and managers -- were charged with allegedly allowing the death or covering it up. Two additional employees were charged with patient neglect unrelated to Rios. A nightmare nursing home - Editorial - Newsday

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