Miami, FL- When an elderly or disabled person enters a nursing home they must inform that facility whether they won’t the facility and staff to take life-saving measures in the event that death is imminent. Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders are common among residents who suffer from numerous chronic illnesses and must be signed by a doctor. A home is expected to respect their wishes. When they don’t that nursing home could face costly fines as a St. Petersburg home learned last month.
In February, the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration fined Jacaranda Manor $16,000 for failing to honor one of their patient’s DNR orders, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
The 75 year-old man, who suffered from 20 chronic illnesses including dementia, kidney disease, and chronic airway obstruction, collapsed in the dining hall of the facility. In spite of his end-of-life wishes, staff at the facility performed CPR and used a defibrillator on the dying man.
He survived and ended up in intensive care with tubes going into his lungs, the Times reported. His current state was not mentioned.
A younger person would be grateful someone performed CPR in them, but they are not as frail or weak as an elderly person with numerous ailments. Many people don’t realize that CPR can save a person’s life but it can also cause them to suffer injuries, typically broken ribs. For the elderly person, a broken rib can be very painful and some of don’t want to forced to deal with all that pain.
This incident also calls into to question about how informed the staff are about each resident’s care plans and DNR orders. If a nursing home staff member doesn’t know what a patient’s needs and wishes, they are incapable of giving a resident proper care. If they were unaware of this resident’s DNR order; they could also be unaware of each patient’s care needs which can lead to injury or death.
It may seem ridiculous to some that a nursing home would be fined for saving a person’s life but it went against his wishes. Patient care plans and end-of-life instructions are important and it is the responsibility of a facility respect their patient’s need and wishes. State agencies often fine nursing homes for not following a patient’s instructions but that doesn’t ease the suffering of a resident or family.
Injuries as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect can result in costly medical bills, unnecessary pain and grief for families who have lost a loved one. When a nursing home resident suffers in any way because of a facility’s negligence, they may be eligible for compensation. All they need to do is contact a South Florida nursing home abuse attorney to determine what actions they should take.
A nursing home abuse attorney understands how deeply abuse and neglect affects a person. Their expertise will assure their client’s rights are upheld and they are awarded a settlement which recognizes what they have suffered through.