The Bellevue Reporter reports that a registered nursing assistant, Benson M. Mbichire, has had his credentials suspended by the state Department of Health due to charges that he neglected a mentally ill and mute patient under his care.
According to the article, police found one of Mbichire’s patients wandering outside of the care home where Mbichire was responsible for caring for and supervising three adult patients.
When police went to the home, they found Mbichire under the influence of alcohol.
The Washington State Department of Health provides certifications/license for Nursing Assistant Certified. The program for the certification is one quarter in length and covers basic care, safety, emergency preparedness, following care procedures, restorative care and death and dying.
A review of the list of suspended licenses or certifications for health care providers in the state, including Nursing Assistant Certified, the following are common reasons for certificates to be revoked:
- Misuse or theft of patient’s money
- Using a patient’s debit or credit cards
- Stealing patient’s medication
- Failing to enter or complete substance abuse programs
- Writing fraudulent prescriptions
- Being intoxicated at work
- Sexually assaulting patients.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect
In some cases, vulnerable adults living in assisted living, nursing facilities or group homes are seriously injured or even killed due to the neglect or wrongdoing of a care giver. Signs that a vulnerable adult is being abused or neglected can include Bedsores or decubitus ulcers; Broken bones; Dehydration; Malnutrition; Contractures; Aspiration pneumonia; Urinary tract infection (UTI) or septicemia; Gangrene; Medication errors; Over prescription of sedating medication (chemical restraint); Exposure from a patient “wandering off”; Infections; Physical abuse – hitting or kicking; Sexual abuse — inappropriate touching, fondling or rape
If your loved one has been seriously injured or has died due to nursing home abuse, neglect or malpractice, you may seek the services of a personal injury attorney who can advise you as to the person’s rights. Depending on the severity of injuries, a qualified elder abuse attorney can help you file a claim for compensation on behalf of your loved one.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm with expertise in nursing home abuse and neglect. Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.