Whetstone Gardens and Care Center catastrophe could have been prevented by SafeLights

Current and former employees of an Ohio nursing facility are accused of mistreating two patients in their care, including one who died as a result of the nurses' actions, Attorney General Dave Yost said Thursday.

A Franklin County grand jury indicted seven people who worked as nurses in 2017 at Whetstone Gardens and Care Center in Columbus, Yost said in a news conference. The defendants face 34 charges, including involuntary manslaughter and patient neglect, Yost's office said.

One patient "literally rotted to death" as a direct result of the nurses' neglect, Yost said.

"This is gut-wrenching for anyone who has entrusted a care facility with the well-being and safety of a loved one," Yost said.

SafeLight Life-saving Light Bulbs would have prevented this horrific incident in the first place with their advanced continuous health monitoring and personal emergency response technology, without requiring any cameras, pads or wearables.

Some of the alerts generated by SafeLights and their various preventative benefits are:

Poor Sleep Alerts - Offer protection from falls, impaired memory, medication errors, medication abuse, insomnia and clinical deterioration. They can also lead to early detection of Insomnia

  • UTI's

  • Sexual Assault

  • Poor Sleep Environment

  • Depression

  • Stress and Anxiety

  • Pain

  • Neurodegenerative Disorders

Voice Recognition Alerts- These are generated when certain care related key words are recognized by SafeLights. These alerts protect against assault, including sexual assault, neglect, falls, continuous pain and failure to assist.

Unusual Sound Level Alerts - protect against assault, including sexual assault, neglect, falls, continuous pain and failure to assist and environmental perils like an active fires.

Unusual Respiration Alerts - for protection from medication error, medication abuse, undetected clinical deterioration, untreated pain and fever. They can also lead to early diagnosis of:

  • Pneumonias

  • COPD

  • Sepsis

  • Metabolic Abnormalities

  • Cheyne Stokes Breathing

  • Apnea and Hypopneas

Unusual Secondary Presence Alert - for protection from physical and sexual assault, from staff or other residents.

Unusual Movement Alert - for protection from events and claims like falls. They can result in early diagnosis of conditions like:

  • Seizures,

  • Pain

  • UTI's

Decubitus Risk Alert - to protect from ulcers, gangrene and necrosis and increase care plan compliance.

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