Greene County Coroner Gregory Rohanna has ruled “accidental asphyxiation due to compression” as the cause of death Saturday of a 94-year-old nursing home patient at Golden Living Center in Waynesburg.
Rohanna, who was called to Golden Living at 6:30 a.m., said Irene Sansone, who has lived at the facility since August 2003, tried to get out of bed or accidentally moved her legs off the bed and slid off the mattress onto the floor.
Sansone’s head became lodged between the mattress and bed rail after she slid off the bed, Rohanna said.
Moreover, Rohanna said Sansone’s physical condition prohibited her from being able to free herself.
While he said an investigation continues into the death, Rohanna ruled her death as an accident.
Golden Living Center released a statement late Monday, saying, “We extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Ms. Sansone. This is an unfortunate event, and we are conducting our own investigation into this matter. As reported by the Greene County Coroner’s Office, the event has been deemed an accident. While we remain focused on delivering quality health care to our patients and residents, our investigation is ongoing and we continue to report the results to the appropriate regulatory agencies.”
Golden Living is a 111-bed, for-profit nursing home, and falls under the supervision of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.