…ANOTHER MEDICATION ERROR LEADS TO NURSING HOME DEATH

After just writing my last blog titled, “Nursing Home Sued Over Blood Thinner,” we see another report about deadly medication errors in nursing homes.

This report comes from Minnesota where state investigators say a woman recovering from spine surgery died of a massive stroke in June after a nursing home in Faribault, Minn., failed to give her a medication (Lovenox) prescribed to prevent blood clots. The resident’s doctor’s order was incorrectly transcribed by a nurse at Faribault Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation, and the home did not have adequate checks to spot the error, its administrator acknowledged.

Why are medication errors so common? Why don’t nursing homes have policies and procedures in place which prevent the death of its residents due to medication errors?

Have you or someone you know experienced similar medication errors in our local nursing homes?

Highland Ridge Rehab Center (Dublin, VA), Kroontje Health Care Center (Blacksburg, VA), Pulaski Community Hospital (Pulaski, VA), Skyline Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Floyd, VA) Trinity Mission Health and Rehab (Hillsville, VA), Heritage Hall of Laurel Meadows (Laurel Fork, VA), Brandon Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Roanoke, VA), Waddell Nursing and Rehab Center (Galax, VA), Heritage Hall (Blacksburg, VA), Riverview Nursing Home (Rich Creek, VA), Salem Health and Rehabilitation Center (Salem, VA), Carrington Place/Birdmont Center (Wytheville, VA), Virginia Veterans Care Center (Salem, VA), Pheasant Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center (Roanoke, VA), Raleigh Court Health Care Center (Roanoke, VA), Edgemont Center (Wytheville, VA), Avante at Roanoke (Roanoke, VA), Golden Livingcenter of Blue Ridge (Galax, VA), Friendship Health and Rehab Center (Roanoke, VA), Franklin Health and Rehabilitation Center (Rocky Mount, VA), Richfield Retirement (Salem, VA), or Berkshire Health and Rehabilitation Center (Vinton, VA)

Tell us about your experience…it might save someone else’s life!

Dan Frith

Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.