AMBERWOOD CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL
6071 YORK BLVD., LOS ANGELES, CA 90042
Citation Number: 970003556
Citation Date: 10/2/2007
Violation Date: 5/1/2005
Class: AA
Penalty: $ 80000.00

On 5/1/05, an 88 year old resident died a day after being hospitalized due to a distended abdomen and altered level of consciousness. Due to the resident's severe bowel impaction, the hospital manually removed stool from her rectum shortly before her death. The hospital's autopsy report indicated the cause of death was thought to be shock brought on by acute inflammation and enlargement of the colon. The facility was cited because it did not implement the resident's careplan to prevent constipation and fecal impaction and did not identify her care needs through assessment of her bowel status. These failures led to her death.