As a nursing home lawyer, I spend a lot of time reviewing patient charts. Particularly when it comes to evaluating cases, a thorough review of medical records is crucial for determining the important questions: Who? What? Why? When?
Occasionally, my chart reviews reveal more than I expect when: medication charts reveal that medication was administered for days after my client was transferred to another facility. Or on one occasion, there were nurses’ notes for hours following a client’s death.
I applaud a recent case where criminal charges were filed against three nurses aides at a Bronx, NY nursing home who clearly lied about caring for patient who had wandered from the facility.
After comparing the patient’s chart with a videotape from the facility, it was apparent that three aides at Beth Abraham Health Services lied about caring for the patient whom had already left the facility.
Thankfully, the patient was located safe shortly after a housekeeper at the nursing home reported she was missing to the police. Nonetheless, the attorney general has filed charges relating to:
- Endangering the welfare of a physically disabled person
- Falsifying medical records
- Willful violations of health law
No word on when these nursing home employees will face their trial, but the facility obviously didn’t think much about the criminal charges—or safety concerns for other patients—- these aides were reinstated after they were initially fired.
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Three nursing home aides lied about missing schizophrenic patient in wheelchair, NYDailyNews.com, February 24, 2011