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AG: Nurse's aide in Melville rehab moved patient improperly, causing injury

A certified nurse aide at a Melville rehabilitation center has been charged with endangering the welfare of a 92-year-old resident after the woman was injured during a transfer from her wheelchair to her bed, New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said in a news release.

Schneiderman's office said Claudia Desulme, 32, tried to cover up the resident's injury and the fact that the woman had been transferred without the assistance of another staff person, which is required by her care plan. As a result, the resident suffered a half-moon shaped cut on her leg, Schneiderman's office said.

Desulme pleaded not guilty at her arraignment in Central Islip on Wednesday in front of Judge Paul Hensley and was released without bail.

Schneiderman's office said that Desulme tried to cover up the illegal transfer and she, along with another aide who wasn't charged, bandaged the wound and failed to report the injury, Schneiderman's office said.

The complaint against Desulme alleges that on Dec. 18, 2012, she illegally moved the resident, who suffered from dementia and is totally dependent on others, from her wheelchair to her bed without the help of another staffer. As a result, the resident received a cut about 7 centimeters long on her lower right leg.

In trying to cover up the illegal transfer, Desulme and another aide bandaged the wound and failed to report the injury. According to the complaint, when questioned by nursing home staff, Desulme lied on multiple occasions, claiming that another aide assisted with the transfer and that the patient wasn't hurt.

Desulme, of Westbury, has since been fired from the Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation. She was charged with felony first-degree falsifying business records, misdemeanor endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, and misdemeanor willful violation of health laws, for which she faces up to four years in prison, the release said.

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