‘I can’t breathe!’ A nursing home patient called for help. His nurse left him on the floor.

October 29, 2017

Death certificates for low-income nursing home residents are notoriously imprecise, said Jonathan Evans, a Charlottesville specialist in geriatric medicine and past president of the American Medical Directors Association.

But if the principal listed cause of death for Webb — myocardial infarction, commonly called a heart attack — is correct, leaving him on the floor for an extended period could have affected his chances of survival, Evans said.