Nursing Home Accident Involving Mechanical Lift

As discussed in the “Nursing Home Accidents” page, one type of common nursing home accident is that of falls by nursing home patients.

These falls can happen for a variety of reasons.  One reason has to do with accidents involving mechanical lifts utilized by nursing homes in order to lift and/or move nursing home residents.

Unfortunately, accidents involving these lifts do happen, especially if the lifts are not properly maintained.  A recent nursing home fall in Minnesota illustrates a nursing home accident involving one of these lifts.

This accident is discussed in the June 12, 2014 startribune.com article titled “Rochester nursing home at fault in resident’s fatal fall from lift.”

An excerpt:

A Rochester nursing home was found responsible for neglect after it failed to properly maintain mechanical lifts, causing a resident to fall from a harness and die in March, according to a Minnesota Department of Health investigative report released ­Thursday.

The 80-bed nursing home, Maple Manor Health Care & Rehabilitation, failed to implement safety precautions after experiencing ongoing problems with safety catches popping off a mechanical lift for moving patients called an EZ Lift. The facility had no records of any inspections or maintenance performed on the lifts, according to the Department of Health report.

According to the article, the nursing home resident suffered injuries, including fractures of the spine, and the patient died five days later at a hospital.

Although the above accident happened in a Minnesota nursing home, accidents involving mechanical lifts at nursing homes can and do happen in Illinois and Chicago nursing homes as well as nationally.

As the article also points out, “The misuse of mechanical lifts has been the cause of numerous deaths and injuries at senior homes across the nation.”  Many of the nursing home accidents involving these lifts include poor maintenance of the lifts as well as poor training in the use of the lifts.

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