After the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services conducted inspections in various Life Care nursing homes across the U.S., it was discovered that many facilities were violating federal standards that were meant to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Instead of inspectors witnessing employees implementing tactics that would reduce the chances of COVID-19 spreading, they discovered “breakdowns in infection control and prevention in at least 10 Life Care nursing homes,” according to The Washington Post.
The news source says that on May 5th, inspectors visited a home located in Denver and found that some staff members had left the door of an isolation room open which allowed for a patient who had tested positive for COVID-19 to “slip into the hallway.” Not only did that patient go and sit next to a room that was occupied by two healthy residents, but they also did not have a face mask on. At another home in Colorado, a nursing assistant was seen “hovering 12 inches away from the face of a coughing patient who was not wearing a mask.”
Deficiencies Found in Life Care Nursing Homes Outside of Colorado
Not only were certain Life Care facilities in Colorado recognized for violating federal standards, but homes in other states as well. In Kansas, inspectors found that staff members failed to log two patients with fevers. One of those patients ended up being transported to the hospital with a 103-degree fever and later died. In Michigan, inspectors visited a Life Care nursing home where they witnessed a nursing assistant roll a blood pressure machine out of a room occupied by an infected patient and into the room of a healthy patient without sanitizing it. In another Michigan home, inspectors found that residents were roaming the hallways without masks on and an aide was delivering meals without first putting on gloves or a gown.
Can I hold a Colorado nursing home liable if a loved one died from COVID-19?
When nursing home staff members knowingly fail to follow federal standards that aim to stop or slow the spread of infections and communicable diseases, they can be held accountable if a resident were to pass away as a result of their behavior. If a loved one of yours who was living in a Colorado nursing home died after contracting COVID-19 or another illness and you believe the home failed to take the proper precautionary measures, consider contacting Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC. The Colorado wrongful death attorneys at Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC can help you understand your legal rights and how to exercise them so that justice is obtained.
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