Charges dismissed in nursing home death

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A judge has dismissed involuntary manslaughter charges against three people in the death of a 50-year-old woman at a nursing home in western Michigan.

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Mar 1, 2009
 
I was a nurse aid for over 20 years and worked thru agencies for about 8 of those years. I have seen just about all there is to see, good and bad, and I guess you had to be there to really know all the facts. There is a higher court that we all have to answer to and if you have done your very best, and given each person the care you would have given YOUR parents, then you have nothing to worry about. In my opinion, St. Anns is one of the best, metron is one of the worst and the state run Vets home is close to metron.Cover ups,etc., I really think that putting your charting into a computer is a bad idea because it gives too many people the chance to change facts. Old fashion writing down your care for each shift is harder to fix.You can't tear out a page from the charts as they go shift to shift, day to day but a computer based charting leaves it open to alot of busy hands and agenda's.
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Mar 1, 2009
 
I think the judge needs to re-read the transcripts and research in depth the investigation reports as well as the documents that were changed. Mrs. Comer deserved to be cared for with dignity and compassion, her family should have been able to trust caregivers to perform professionally and follow doctor orders for oxygen and all medications ordered. I feel the judge was wrong, I respect Mike Cox and his staff that work hard to keep our elderly safe grom neglect and abuse - what if this were your family member?
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Mar 1, 2009
 
Been there wrote:
I was a nurse aid for over 20 years and worked thru agencies for about 8 of those years. I have seen just about all there is to see, good and bad, and I guess you had to be there to really know all the facts. There is a higher court that we all have to answer to and if you have done your very best, and given each person the care you would have given YOUR parents, then you have nothing to worry about. In my opinion, St. Anns is one of the best, metron is one of the worst and the state run Vets home is close to metron.Cover ups,etc., I really think that putting your charting into a computer is a bad idea because it gives too many people the chance to change facts. Old fashion writing down your care for each shift is harder to fix.You can't tear out a page from the charts as they go shift to shift, day to day but a computer based charting leaves it open to alot of busy hands and agenda's.
Just to mention Mercy General Hospital was the first in Western Michigan to go to totally paperless charting!!! The administratin knew how much easier it would be to cover up all there mistakes that killed their patients. Too bad they cannot practice what they preach. Just to think they are calling themselves a 'Catholic' Hospital is far beyound my comprehension.
One day all those who covered all those preventable deaths up will pay the ultimate price. Did you hear that Kim and Roger???? I sure hope so. Thanks for the poor quality care that almost killed my loved one. Thank God my mother had family members to get her the heck out of dodge!!! If she was left there, she would be died!!!

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Mar 1, 2009
 
gonefishin27 wrote:
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As a registered Republican who has watched Cox for years I for one will tell you I wouldn't vote for this guy for Dog Catcher let alone Governor. He is an arrogant narcissistic jerk. The does nothing that isn't going to feather his nest. I certainly hope the Republican party can come up with a better candidate than this for the next election. He is no better than what we have right now.
An admitted adulterer too, banging the help in Wayne County.
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Mar 1, 2009
 
Another case of headine seakers makeing life a mess for inacents.
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#46
Mar 2, 2009
 
How sad that these people had to wait all these years to have justice done. I agree with the Judge, Mike Cox was just grabbing media attention for himself with these charges. Nursing home workers work hard, are underpaid and do the best they can with what they have to work with. The real crime is the understaffing and responsibility they have. Ask nurses in a hospital and they want nothing to do with the hard work and case load found in nursing homes. Now those people have their careers and lives ruined. Thats the injustice.
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Mar 3, 2009
 
60nurse wrote:
THANK YOU, grlady!!! You hit the nail on the HEAD!!! This case was NOT about the many failings of nursing homes NOR the employees. This case is about the DELIBERATE falsification of records AFTER the death, which would speak to me that someone KNEW they would be investigated and then blamed for this woman's death. Otherwise, what would they have to be worried about regarding the charting?
Yes, we are all too aware of the short-comings of Nursing homes. Unfortunately, the STATE determines what the minimum number of "bodies" are allowed on staff at any given time! And to cut costs and increase the bottom line, these nursing homes keep their work crews to the minimum. And it's really hard to find good staff as well, so you end up working short most of the time. THAT'S the reason for what many here are deeming "negligent care" by reason of all their descriptions of the horrors of these long term care facilities.
And there are just too many comments here regarding how hard the job is, etc. Then why do people go into this line of work if they KNOW what they will be facing? Because, actually, the wages for a CENA ARE very reasonable, plus the personal satisfaction that the employee receives when they give care to this segment of our society, elsewise they would not be doing it, don't you think?
Because I worked at a Metron facility during that time, I also was told that the house physician at that time jALSO was under suspicion because of some falsification as well. So it's NOT about the "thankless" job these people do. It's a free country, they don't need to do it if they don't want to!!
Please I am very familiar with this case and i would like to ask what allegations about falsifying records are you talking about? I am not aware of anyone in this case being charged or accused of falsifying records. The house physician was not under suspicion for this-this is an incorrect statement as far as my knowledge of this case.The house physician has never been "under suspicion for falsification of records" -ever- in this instance or any other. I am warning you before you start to slander and defame that you better know specifically what you are talking about. People like you that throw information around without respect accuracy or the truth hurt others. May you be a victim of this type of disparaging statement someday -God willing
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#48
Jun 8, 2010
 
hmmm It is interesting that allegations like this continue time after time and the simplest solution is not uncovered. I don't know if these people are guilty or not I wasn't there. I do know that most nursing homes are way understaffed. Excuses such as budgeting are the true crime. When a nurse has 35 - 60 patients that is appalling! These aren't the days of handing out just tylenol! Due to insurance companies(the other true criminals) patients who once stayed in hospitals are now pushed out to nursing homes. Not to mention nurse assistants do not have enough help. Driving myself to work at times I notice a road crew..Once I watched 4 big men with shovels pushing dirt into the same small hole and I wondered about the 110LB girl at work who lifts bedridden patients by herself! Fair? I don't think so. Happens everyday in nursing homes. Who pays? The patient and the healthcare workers!

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