Jean Frantz Louisme and Aniamma Alex Philip, both nurses at Rockland Psychiatric Center, were cited by the New York Board of Regents for falsifying medical records stemming from a November 27, 2007 incident. Nurse Louisme was advised by another staff member that a patient had not received Risperidone, a psychotropic medication, for approximately three weeks, as prescribed. Both nurses made entries in the patient’s medical chart indicating that the prescribed medication had been administered over the time period in question.
Both nurses were placed on two years probation, fined $750, and admitted to acting with gross negligence. Nurse Philip made the following statement:
“[I] knowingly falsified the medication administration record of a patient so that it reflected the repeated administration of a medication when I knew it had not been administered.”
Although it may be hard to believe, we see falsified and/or reconstructed medical records on a fairly regular basis. In fact, in two recent cases our firm handled, care was documented as being provided at nursing homes after the death of our clients. All of us at Gallivan & Gallivan are devoted to protecting the rights of the elderly. Please contact us if you or a loved one has been abused or neglected.