The Daily News Online reported that Sarah Waclawski, a certified nursing aide at the Genesee County Nursing Home, has been charged in connection with the fall injury of a 100-year-old woman. Waclawski is accused of transferring the woman — who suffered from dementia — from her wheelchair to her bed, without the assistance of another staff member, as required by the patient’s care plan. After the woman was in bed, Waclawski for some reason decided to transfer her back to the wheelchair, again without assistance. Once back in the wheelchair, the woman fell to the floor. She hit her head on the wheelchair, suffering a laceration and pain.
Without seeking medical assistance or advising a supervisor of the fall — in order to conduct a nursing assessment — Waclawski enlisted the help of another aide, to place the woman back into bed. Waclawski then left the room without reporting the incident but re-entered about 15 to 20 minutes later and observed blood on the woman’s head. She attempted to clean up the blood for an hour. At no time did Waclawski seek medical help for the woman. Waclawski is accused of actions which injured the woman, and then failing to seek medical attention.
“By ignoring her patient’s care plan and then failing to seek medical attention for her when she fell, Sarah Waclawski showed blatant disregard for the health and safety of her patient,” the prosecutor continued. “My office will continue to prosecute cases like this to the fullest extent and send the message, loud and clear, that this conduct will not be tolerated.”
Waclawski has been charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. The charge is a felony and carries a maximum prison term of four years.