Muscatine nursing home cited after death of resident

MUSCATINE, Iowa (KWQC) -- A Muscatine nursing home has been cited and ordered to pay up to a $10,000 fine after the choking death of a resident.

A report filed by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (see document below) says the resident was known to have problems with swallowing, yet he choked on a large piece of Polish sausage.

Premier Estates of Muscatine was cited for not carrying out procedures, like cutting his food into small pieces and not having a licensed nurse in the dining room. In addition, staff members did not perform the Heimlich maneuver and instead, left the room to get help. Then, they wheeled the man down the hall where another staff member performed the Heimlich.

The document says CPR was administered and the resident was taken to the hospital emergency room where he passed away. It happened in May, 2018.

The same nursing home was also cited and fined for failing to protect a patient's safety after repeated falls.

The nursing home administrator issued the following statement after a request by KWQC:

"Premier Estates of Muscatine continuously strives to improve quality of care on a daily basis.

Through proper hiring and specialized training of all caregivers, Premiers Estates of Muscatine’s goal is to always improve the lives of those we serve.

The facility staff of caregivers works diligently to meet all needs for all of the residents entrusted to their care.

To insure (ensure) ongoing corrective measures, remain in place and are adhered to, recent leadership changes have been made at Premier Estates of Muscatine.

“We take our responsibility to elder care very seriously”
“Nothing is more important to us than resident care and safety”

Jason Van Der Veer
Nursing Home Administrator