Nursing home cited $7,500 for resident's head injury

State regulators have fined the Motion Picture & Television Fund $7,500 for failing to prevent a head injury sustained last May by an 87-year-old resident.

The California Department of Public Health issued a severe citation to the MPTF, asserting that a nursing assistant did not follow the fund’s protocol of requiring two or more staff to assist during lift transfers onto her bed from a wheelchair, using a mechanical lift. The resident slid out of the sling on the lift and fell onto the floor, cutting her forehead that required stitches.

News of the citation emerged this week at the nursing home, which has 54 remaining residents. The MPTF has been dogged by controversy for the past year over its plans to close its money-losing long-term care facility and acute-care hospital.

MPTF spokesman Steve Honig said Thursday, “It’s an unfortunate incident that happened because an employee did not follow the proper procedure.”

Honig said the employee had been counseled and that the resident recovered. He also denied that there had been any reduction in the MPTF’s quality of care since the closures were announced.

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