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Tennessee nursing home sanctioned after patient neglect

August 1, 2018

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials have barred a nursing home from accepting new patients after a woman there failed to receive timely treatment for knee fractures.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Tuesday that the Westmoreland Health and Rehabilitation Center also must pay $30,000 in penalties and be overseen by a special monitor.

State records show a bedridden dementia patient fractured both her knees when she fell in front of a nursing assistant in November. Nine days passed before she was taken to a doctor, who admitted her to a hospital for surgery. She died there a month later.

A state Department of Health statement says the 222-bed nursing home failed to meet state standards in multiple areas.

Westmoreland didn’t respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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