DANBURY, Conn. -- The state Department of Public Health fined the Danbury Health Care Center last month after a resident died of complications from choking on a meatball, according to newstimes.com.
The resident at the nursing home was being treated for cancer as well as a seizure disorder, but medical records failed to document the patient's risk for the swallowing disorder dysphagia, the newstimes.com reported.
A practical nurse left the meal tray with the resident but returned to find the resident unresponsive, the story said. A meatball was removed from the patient's airway, but the patient died due to a lack of oxygen to the brain the following day, newstimes.com said.
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