The Orange County Register reported an incident where a nursing home (Tustin Care Center) was fined $50,000 for the choking death of a resident. has been fined $50,000 by state health officials in the choking death of a nursing home resident.
The unidentified man died in March after choking on his lunch. The report says staff noticed the man had been growing weaker and needed additional supervision while eating. The facility allowed him to eat regular meals on his own. On the day of his death, the man was eating when he began struggling to breathe. A nurse allegedly started the Heimlich maneuver but could not dislodge the food. The man died later that day in a hospital. An autopsy found food completely blocking his trachea. The state report concludes that the nursing home failed to assess his ability to eat, which was a direct cause of his death.