Angela Zakrzewski, a certified nursing aide at Kaleida Health De Graff Memorial Hospital, a New York nursing home, was recently forced to surrender her C.N.A. certificate after being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the NYS Attorney General’s Office. Ms. Zakrzewski performed a one-person transfer of a 91 year-old resident with a mechanical lift (hoyer lift) in violation of the care plan that required a two-person assist. During the transfer, the lift tipped over and injured the resident.
In addition to having to surrender her C.N.A. certificate, Ms Zakrzewski must complete 24 hours of community service. She was also sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge.
The above is a fact pattern commonly seen by New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers. The failure of nursing home staff members to properly implement a care plan often results in resident falls and/or fractures.
Long-Term-Care Community Coalition, Enforcements, Winter 2010.