Thursday, July 23, 2009

Patient Asphyxiated by Bed Rails at Rest Haven Palos Heights

Rest Haven Central
13259 South Central Road, Palos Heights
Fined- August 15, 2008
Rest Haven Central was fined $20,000 for failure to supervise, assess, and monitor a resident who had been identified as high risk for falls.
The resident had demonstrated extreme agitation, particularly after nightfall. Facility staff failed to re-assess the continued need for side rails after implementation of a low bed, bed alarm, and mattress pad on the resident’s floor. As a result, the resident got her head trapped in the side rail and was asphyxiated.

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