The Hartford Courant reported that another choking death of a nursing home resident. One of the most unnecessary and preventable dangers in nursing homes are food related injuries and deaths as a result of neglect. Patients who are cognitively impaired and require special diets have become victims of neglect. These patients, in their impaired state, are given food they cannot consume.
An incident at Paradigm Health Care Center in Norwalk, represents at least the fifth choking related death in Connecticut nursing homes in the past ten months. Researching developmentally disabled deaths in group homes and nursing homes, The Courant, a Hartford newspaper, found 76 cases of deaths from 2004-2010. In all of these cases, abuse, neglect, or healthcare error was a contributing factor. Of these deaths, 14 were on special diets and choked to death after eating food they should never have ingested.
Incidents like these, where patients die as a result of choking from food they should never have eaten are too common within nursing homes. Upon further investigation, there were a number of instances of improper food consumption within Paradigm. The facility was fined just over $1000 and had to submit a plan of correction to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
How much do you believe a life is worth? Because the Connecticut Department of Public Health has consistently said that a life is only worth a thousand dollars.