Katherine Blevins Lenoir, 53, a former employee of a Chilton County nursing home faces charges for abuse and/or neglect of a female resident of the facility. Allegedly, Lenoir, who is a licensed practical nurse, inadvertently administered a large dose of a narcotic pain medication to a patient instead of the requested cough medicine. Instead of alerting the facility of her mistake, Lenoir manipulated treatment records to reflect that she had given the correct medication, according to a release from Attorney General Luther Strange.
The patient, suffering from an overdose of the narcotic pain medication, was discovered by a nurse on a later shift and rushed to the hospital, where she spent several days in the intensive care unit before being released. Had Lenoir reported her mistake immediately, the patient would not have suffered the prolonged effects of the narcotic, according to the release. However, due to her intentional neglect, the patient almost died, the release said.
Lenoir’s mistake and then fraudulent cover-up, if true, could have ended the life of a patient at a nursing home.