New York Nursing Home Cited For Medication Error

Uihelm Nursing Home in Lake Placid, New York was recently fined over $75,000 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services following a New York State Department of Health survey. The surveyors found nine violations that constituted immediate jeopardy to residents’ health and safety, one violation that caused actual harm to residents and three that had the potential for more than minimal harm.

The vast majority of the violations stemmed from the death of an 81-year-old male resident due to a medication error. The man was reportedly admitted to the nursing home facility from a nearby hospital in Saranac Lake. Upon discharge from the hospital, 0.125 milligrams of Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug, every two hours was mistakenly transcribed as 1.25 mg every two hours by an Uihelm staff member.

The resident was given two 1.25 mg doses of Xanax and fell into a coma. Five hours then passed before the situation was reported to a physician.

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Uihlein draws major fine, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Jessica Collier, June 17, 2009.

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