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Muscatine nursing home cited, fined in May death of resident

August 14, 2018

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — A Muscatine nursing home has been ordered to pay up to a $10,000 fine after the choking death of a resident in May.

Television station KWQC reports that a report filed by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals says the resident was known to have problems with swallowing, yet he choked on a large piece of Polish sausage.

Premier Estates of Muscatine was cited for not carrying out procedures, like cutting the resident’s food into small pieces, and not having a licensed nurse in the dining room. The report says staff members also did not perform the Heimlich maneuver and instead, left the room to get help and then wheeled the man down the hall where another staff member performed the Heimlich.

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Information from: KWQC-TV, http://www.kwqc.com

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