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Strangulation death leads to nursing home citation in Illinois

A nursing home in Illinois has been cited in a strangulation death, according to a recent report. The death was a tragic one as the victim was strangled to death by his own nightgown. The roommate of the victim screamed for help but the screams went unanswered by staff members at the nursing home. The incident will cost the nursing home $50,000.

The incident occurred at Aperion Care Moline. The staff claims that there was confusion about an order of "do not resuscitate" regarding the victim. The staff did admit that they were incorrect and mistakenly delayed assistance to the victim after he was discovered in August 2017.

A report states that the victim was found on the floor at the foot of his bed at 8:27 p.m. The victim was not breathing and was unresponsive. The man was strangled to death by the ties of his nightgown, which became stuck on the footboard of his bed.

The roommate of the victim pushed a button for help when the victim got out of his bed to get a coat. The roommate said that the call for help went unanswered for anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes.

When a nurse aide finally discovered the victim, he was blue in the face and fingers. She released the strings on the nightgown and the victim began to vomit. The "do not resuscitate" paperwork mentioned in the case were for a different resident in the facility.

Sending a loved one to live in a nursing home can be very stressful. You put your trust in the staff at the facility to care for and look after your loved one. Learning of an injury, abuse or death of a loved one due to nursing home neglect in Illinois can be unbearable. Don't let your loved one's rights be violated.

Source: McKnight's, "Illinois nursing home cited in strangulation death," Jan. 30, 2018

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