October 3, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
NURSE PLEADS GUILTY TO NEGLECT
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a former nursing
home Registered Nurse, Carylon Haynes plead guilty to one count
of neglect for failing to provide the necessary medical treatment
to an 84-year-old nursing home resident who was in her care. Baltimore
County Circuit Court Judge John Fader, II sentenced Haynes to one
year in jail, the full term of which was suspended.
to the Statement of Facts, on January 15, 2001, Haynes, 59, of the
11000 block of Westport Drive in Bowie, was the charge nurse at
Chapel Hill Nursing Center in Baltimore County. At that time, she
was in charge of the care of David S., an 84-year-old resident who
suffered from advanced schizophrenia and at the time was catatonic.
The nursing notes written by Haynes state that at around 2:00 a.m.,
she saw David S. begin to turn blue in his nail beds and lips, a
change that often indicates that a person is not receiving sufficient
oxygen. At that point, according to the standard of the nursing
profession as well as Chapel Hill's own written policies, the required
medical treatment for David S. was for Haynes to take the resident's
full vital signs, including his temperature, pulse, blood pressure
and breathing rate. In addition, she was required to call David
S.'s physician for further instructions. No record of any vital
signs, except for a reference to a temperature of 98.4 degrees,
appears in the resident's nursing notes or any document created
by Haynes related to David S.' care that morning. In addition, despite
being aware of the resident's change in color, Haynes never called
the resident's doctor to advise the doctor of the resident's change
in status or to seek further instructions. Therefore, David S. went
untreated and died four hours later. No autopsy was performed and
thus the cause of death is undetermined.
case was prosecuted by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control
Unit, which has authority to prosecute vulnerable adult abuse and
neglect in facilities that receive Medicaid funds.
General J. Joseph Curran Jr. has sponsored a series of Town Hall
Meetings entitled "Protecting the Elderly: How to Detect and
Prevent Elder Abuse". The next Town Hall Meeting will be held
on October 23, 2002 at the College of Notre Dame. To register or
for more information, please call 1 (866) 298-8245.