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State Recommends Changes to Staff Training Due to Multiple Choking Deaths in Connecticut Nursing Homes

Posted by Paul Levin | Aug 01, 2012 | 0 Comments

A state agency is recommending changes to nursing home staff training procedures after three residents in separate facilities around Connecticut choked to death in a four-month period earlier this year. At least two of the three patients were clients of the state's Department of Developmental Services (DDS), which advocates for people with developmental disabilities in care facilities. The state fined each of the nursing homes where the choking deaths occurred.

The first incident occurred on February 3, 2012 at Torrington Health and Rehabilitation Center in Torrington. An elderly patient, who required careful monitoring during meals, reportedly choked on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. An investigation by the state Department of Public Health (DPH) concluded that staff members improperly left the resident alone with the sandwich, leading to the resident's death. Out of a maximum possible fine of $3,000, the state fined the nursing home $510 and ordered it to submit a corrective action plan to DPH.

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Paul Levin

Attorney Levin was admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut beginning 1989 and in New York Federal district court beginning 1992. He is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Connecticut Bar Association, and the National Association for American Justice. Prior to establishing his own law firm, Attorney Levin was associated with the…


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