An Alabama nursing home was cited for inadequate staff training which resulted in a resident’s death. The resident fell from a shower bed while being assisted by only one staff member when the bed required the assistance of two staff members.
The resident suffered a broken neck as a result of the fall and died two days later. In addition to the citation for inadequate training, the facility was also cited for failing to obtain treatment for the resident and for failing to report the incident to public health authorities.
Training of staff is a crucial part of assuring that residents in nursing homes are kept safe and receive proper care. However, most of the hands-on care in nursing homes is actually delivered by CNA’s who are the least-trained members of the health care staff.
Federal regulations require that the staff be properly trained deliver the care needed by the residents on a 24-7 basis. This incident provides a stark demonstration of what occurs when the staff does not receive the training that is required.