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Facility receives $100K fine; equipment location blamed for resident death

Hospital Safety Insider, July 8, 2009

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The California Department of Health has fined a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility $100,000 for a resident death allegedly related to equipment stored in a corridor.

The resident died at Aviara Healthcare Center in Encinitas, CA, in May. "The facility created a hazard by improperly storing a large mechanical patient lift in a hallway," the state said. "A patient grabbed the lift during a fall, tipping it over. The resulting injuries led to the patient’s death."

The penalty amount is the largest allowed under California law.



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