Hudson Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center: Pressure Ulcer Citation

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A nursing home in Albany, New York has received 46 health and safety code citations in recent years.

Hudson Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center received 46 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on July 30, 2021. The Albany nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of 10 inspections by state surveyors. The violations they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not undertake adequate efforts to prevent medication errors. Under Section 483.45 of the Federal Code, nursing home residents have the right to be “free of any significant medication errors.” A November 2019 citation found that Hudson Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that a resident’s medications were “accurately transcribed” from their hospital discharge instructions, resulting in the resident not receiving six doses of an oral steroid and being “admitted to the hospital intensive care unit… for adrenal crisis.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the reeducation of relevant staff.

2. The nursing home did not undertake adequate efforts to prevent infection. Under Section 483.80 of the Federal Code, nursing homes must endeavor to prevent the development and transmission of diseases and infections by creating and maintaining an infection prevention and control program. A July 2020 citation found that Hudson Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that the nursing home “did not ensure staff members performed proper hand hygiene.” It goes on to describe instances in which nursing staff did not sanitize their hands after interacting with residents on contact precautions. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the counseling of relevant staff.

3. The nursing home did not perform adequate pressure ulcer care. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to ensure residents with pressure ulcers receive necessary treatment and services to prevent infection and promote healing. A June 2019 citation found that Hudson Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that the nursing home “did not ensure infection control practices were maintained during a dressing change.” It goes on to describe an instance in which a nurse did not properly clean a table or change their gloves during the dressing change. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the re-education of the nurse.

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One of the New York nursing home’s citations concerned a failure to follow infection control protocols.

4. The nursing home did not undertake adequate efforts to prevent accidents. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must provide residents with an environment as free as possible of accident hazards and with adequate supervision to prevent accidents. A June 2019 citation found that Hudson Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that there were no documented interventions to prevent falling for a resident who had been “assessed to be at high risk for following.” After the resident suffered one falling incident, according to the citation, “no interventions were put in place to reduce the risk of additional falls,” and the resident suffered another fall two days later. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the re-education of relevant staff.

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