October 29th, 2010
Browning Manor Convalescent Hospital in Delano, California has been fined $100,000 after an investigation found them responsible for the death of a resident, said the California Department of Public Health.
The Health Department’s report on the incident states that the 58-year-old resident had a history of outbursts and was aggressive with the staff members on June 23, 2009. The report states that the facility failed to provide one-on-one monitoring of the resident as required by nursing home policy.
Not under proper supervision, the resident fell out of his wheelchair and suffered a brain injury and fractured spine. He was immediately taken to a hospital but died two days later. The coroner wrote the cause of death was a direct result of his injuries.
A representative for Browning Manor said the man left the facility in good condition that day and was coherent. The representative says the nursing home has hired an expert neurologist who determined that the resident’s death was not a result of his fall at the nursing home. Browning Manor has appealed the state’s decision.