Glendale Home Cited for Infection, Pressure Ulcer Care

Glendale Home has received 23 citations for violations of public health code between 2016 and 2020, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on August 28, 2020. The Scotia nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of three surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home failed to adequately prevent infection. Under Section 483.80 of the Federal Code, nursing home facilities must endeavor to prevent and control infection via the establishment and maintenance of a program to provide residents with a sanitary and comfortable environment. A March 2019 citation found that Glendale Home failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that the nursing home “did not ensure standard precautions were maintained during a dressing change” and that it further failed to maintain standard precautions while a staffer administered a resident’s eyedrops. The citation goes on to state that “a face mask was not properly worn by an employee while on a resident unit.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the assessment of the first resident’s wounds, the assessment of the second resident’s eyes, and the re-education of nursing staff on relevant policies and procedures.

2. Glendale Home received another citation for deficiencies in its infection control practices in June 2017. According to this citation, the nursing home did not maintain proper precautions during dressing changes for two residents. In one instance, staffers were observed leaving equipment on the floor without protective covering, and failing to change gloves after contaminating them. In another, a nurse did not wash her hands or change her gloves during two changes of a resident’s inner knee dressing, and “did not treat the wounds as two separate wounds as she did not complete one dressing change to the inner knee, wash her hands and change gloves and then proceed to the next inner knee dressing change.” The citation states that these deficiencies had the “potential to cause more than minimal harm.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the in-servicing of relevant staff.

3. The nursing home did not properly care for residents’ pressure ulcers. Under Section 483.25 of the Federal Code, nursing homes must provide residents with pressure ulcers “necessary treatment and services, consistent with professional standards of practice, to promote healing, prevent infection and prevent new ulcers from developing.” A June 2017 citation found that Glendale Home did not ensure such for two residents. In one case, the nursing home failed to ensure accurate weekly documentation of the resident’s Stage II pressure ulcers, among other deficiencies, including the provision of treatments during a certain period. In the other case, the nursing home “did not ensure timely and consistent pressure ulcer tracking and did not ensure the care plan addressed the actual alteration in skin integrity.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included a full-facility audit.

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