Rosewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has received 77 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on January 29, 2022. The facility has also been named a candidate for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ list of Special Focus Facilities, nursing homes with a history of quality issues. The Rensselaer nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of 12 surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:
1. The nursing home did not implement adequate measures to prevent infections. Section 483.80 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must establish and maintain an effective infection prevention and control program. A December 2021 citation found that Rosewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that the nursing home “did not ensure facility staff cleansed scissors after using them to remove a contaminated dressing and prior to using the scissors to cut a wound packing, and did not place a contaminated item in a multi-resident use treatment cart.” It goes on to describe an instance in which a staff member did not undertake hand hygiene procedures between taking off soiled gloves and putting on clean gloves. In an interview, the facility’s Director of Nursing said that “hand hygiene should be performed before and after providing resident care, after each glove removal and between each area when providing wound care.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the re-education of relevant staff.