ATHERTON HEALTHCARE
1275 CRANE STREET, MENLO PARK, CA 94025
Citation Number: 220005030
Citation Date: 5/12/2008
Violation Date: 11/24/2007
Class: AA
Penalty: $ 100350.0

During her 11-month stay at the facility, a 48 year old resident with Huntington's disease suffered 14 falls, including an unwitnessed fall on 11/24/07 that led to her death one week later. The staff notified her physician after an aide discovered a deep head wound while combing her hair. The physician responded that "she does not need to be sent out for stitches because scalp wounds heal easily." The staff notified an alternate physician, leading to the resident's hospitalization about 3 hours later. Upon admission, she was unresponsive and in critical condition due to traumatic brain injuries. She died on 12/1/07 from bilateral subdural hemorrhages due to blunt head trauma.