Nine employees of a Long Island nursing home have been indicted by a grand jury in connection with the death of a 72-year-old patient, according to recent reports.
Officials have stated that Medford Multicare Center for Living in Long Island has come under recent scrutiny as its administrator, respiratory therapy director, and several nurses have been charged with neglect of 72-year-old Aurelia Rios, leading to her death in October of 2012. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman gave further detail, stating that Rios died because she was not attached to a ventilator as ordered by her doctors. Prosecutors claim the nine staff members ignored an alarm that sounded every fifteen seconds for more than two hours before Rios died. The prosecution claims that this oversight by the medical staff led to Rio’s preventable death.
Despite forty-six counts filed in the indictment, the medical staffs’ attorneys stated that their clients are respected medical staff and did no wrong. A spokesman for the Multicare Center for Living nursing home stated that, “Medford remains confident that these allegations will be proven false and it will show that the facility in fact provides excellent quality of care.” All nine employees pled not guilty at arraignment, with their attorneys claiming that the death was accidental.
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