According to the Washington Post, Warren Webb, 47, died of a heart attack at the United Medical Center’s facility in August. Prior to his death, Webb had called for help, fell out of his bed, and was left on the floor for an extended period of time.
Audio recording of the incident and interviews with three eyewitnesses revealed that Webb had cried out for help at least 25 times and was left on the floor for roughly 20 minutes. Once finally lifted back into bed, nurses were unable to find a pulse.
He was rushed to the hospital’s 7th floor for emergency attention, but was pronounced dead shortly after.
An investigation revealed that the hospital’s initial claim that it had acted promptly to assess and assist the Webb was not accurate.
In a report completed by the facility, the facility claimed Webb was told to “wait for staff before attempting to get out of bed by himself.” An employee told investigators that account was false, as were other key details in the incident report.
Regulators also noted that the nursing home did not have an instrument prepared to measure patients’ blood sugar in the case of an emergency.
Webb’s death came at a critical moment for UMC, as the hospital was under scrutiny for dangerous medical errors that led regulators to shut down its obstetrics ward in early August.
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