Long Beach Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Cited for Pressure Ulcers

Long Beach Nursing and Rehabilitation Center received 29 citations for violations of public health code between 2016 and 2020, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on March 5, 2020. The Long Beach nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of six surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not provide adequate treatment and care for residents’ pressure ulcers / bedsores. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must ensure residents receive “necessary treatment and services, consistent with professional standards of practice, to promote healing, prevent infection and prevent new ulcers from developing.” The citation states specifically that while a resident’s care plan interventions provided for the offloading of their heels “in bed with pillows and to have a Roho cushion when in the gerichair,” a surveyor observed the resident in his bed with his feet resting on a mattress, and in a gerichair without the Roho cushion. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the education of the Certified Nursing Assistant “who failed to follow the resident’s plan of care.”

2. The nursing home did not ensure residents’ right to be free from the use of physical restraints. Under Section 483.10 of the Federal Code, nursing home residents have a right “to be free from any physical or chemical restraints imposed for purposes of discipline or convenience, and not required to treat the resident’s medical symptoms.” A July 2019 citation found that Long Beach Nursing and Rehabilitation Center did not ensure one of its residents remained free from involuntary seclusion. The citation states specifically that a Registered Nurse “tied the resident’s room door with a sheet to keep the resident in his room when he exhibited wandering behavior.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the termination of the Registered Nurse.

3. The nursing home did not keep medication error rates low enough. Section 483.45 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to maintain medication error rates under five percent. A November 2019 citation found that Long Beach Nursing and Rehabilitation Center did not comply with this section. The details of the citation are not included in public records, although the citation notes that the deficiency had the “potential to cause more than minimal harm.”

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