One death, James Culbert, who was residing at the Lakeland Center, due to previous injuries in an ATV accident, died after staff failed to follow a doctor’s order to return Culbert to his ventilator. He had been taken off the ventilator earlier that day but reports show that for 15 hours, no one tracked Cublert’s wean data, which shows how a patient is doing without a ventilator, and he died not long after he hit his call button to say he couldn’t’ breathe.
A second death, very similar to Culbert’s was a patient, who had gone to the Lakeland Center for rehab chest and head injuries and to receive care for a tracheotomy. Like Culbert, she was also been weaned from her ventilator and staff failed to record the wean data.
In the other two deaths, two patients, one suffering from a brain aneurism and one who was a car accident victim died after receiving too much or not enough medication or prescribed oxygen.
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Information cited is from the Detroit Free Press.