Big Fine Issued After Falling Machine Kills Patient

Aviara Healthcare Center slapped with $100K fine

A North County nursing facility was slapped with the most severe penalty under state law after a patient death.

Aviara Healthcare Center in Encinitas received an AA citation and a $100,000 fine. The facility created a hazard by improperly storing a large mechanical patient lift in a hallway, according to the state health department.

A patient grabbed the lift during a fall, tipping it over. He later died from his injuries.

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