Nurse at veterans home accused of falsifying records after patient death

Nurse at veterans home accused of falsifying records after patient death

RESERVE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said a nurse was arrested for allegedly falsifying records after a patient died at a Louisiana Veterans Affairs home.

The Office of the Inspector General reported Cheryl Poirrier, 58, of LaPlace faces multiple counts of filing false public records and malfeasance.

Investigators said it happened at the Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home in Reserve, where Poirrier worked as a licensed practical nurse.

They added they began looking into the incident after receiving information that records about the care of a patient had been intentionally falsified.

Reports state a nursing assistant found a patient on the floor the night of Jan. 8, 2015. Officials said the patient had fallen and his wheelchair was on top of him. They added Poirrier, the on-duty nurse, was summoned to the room.

According to reports, the patient complained of back and head pain, but was put back in his bed. Reports added the patient was found unresponsive in his room about eight hours after being put back in bed and it was determined he had died some time during the night.

According to officials, VA policy requires nurses to perform "neuro checks" for 72 hours after a patient falls. The checks involve obtaining and documenting neurological signs at designated times. They said the investigation showed Poirrier did not conduct any neuro checks on the patient after the fall. They added she filed false reports of four neuro checks that were put into the system after he was found dead.

Poirrier was booked into the St. John the Baptist Parish Prison.

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