A Connecticut nursing home has been cited by the Department of Health for discontinuing a dietary supplement without first consulting any doctors, dieticians or nurses. The abrupt discontinuation is believed to be responsible for a sizable– 11% weight loss in a patient at South Windsor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. When at the facility, state inspectors discovered another patient with a similarly drastic weight loss— losing 22 pounds over the course of three months at the facility.
Incidentally, serious money troubles have plagued South Windsor over the past year and according to new reports the nursing home is now in receivership.
As a nursing home lawyer who sees many facilities focused on their bottom lines at the expense of patient care, I find these reports to be completely disgusting. My guess is that at some point an administrator at the facility elected to stop providing the dietary supplement as a cost cutting measure.
Thankfully, this incident was hopefully identified and remedied before either patient suffered any serious injury. Nonetheless, when facilities unilaterally elect to change physician’s orders they may be exposing themselves to liability in situations where the orders are not followed over extended periods and serious injuries insure.
Nursing Home Cited After patients Suffer Weight Loss, November 23, Courant.com