Newark Manor Nursing Home: Pressure Ulcer, Infection Citation

Newark Manor Nursing Home has received 21 citations for violations of public health code between 2016 and 2020, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on July 31, 2020. The Newark 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 did not provide an adequate level of treatment and care for pressure ulcers. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must provide residents with necessary services to promote the healing of pressure ulcers. A June 2019 citation found that Newark Manor Nursing Home did not ensure such. The citation states specifically that a nurse did not follow the physician’s orders with respect to a certain resident. The citation goes on to describe the nurse washing a resident’s pressure ulcer with soap and water in contravention of orders and the facility policy, which states that unless otherwise stated, wounds should only be cleansed with normal saline or a wound cleanser. The citation states that this deficiency had the “potential to cause more than minimal harm.”

2. The nursing home did not maintain an adequate infection control program. Section 483.80 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to stave off transmissible diseases and infections by establishing and maintaining an infection prevention and control program. A February 2018 citation found that Newark Manor Nursing Home filed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that the nursing home could not provide evidence of a complete program that investigates, controls, and prevents infections. It goes on to state that the facility’s Monthly Infection Logs  “not include any data analysis or control measures that were implemented to trend any areas of concern, and did not investigate the use of antibiotics.” It states that the Infection Control Line List “revealed four urinary tract infections… for four different residents and the organism was E. coli,” but that in an interview, a Registered Nurse “was unable to provide any documentation of data review or followup.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the in-servicing of the facility’s nursing staff on the completion of infection control documentation.

3. The nursing home did not protect residents from the administration of unnecessary drugs. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to ensure that resident drug regimens remain “free from unnecessary drugs.” An October 2016 citation found that Newark Manor Nursing Home did not ensure such for one resident. The citation goes on to state that “Issues included a lack of specific target symptoms of the resident’s depression with corresponding care plan approaches and a lack of thorough and timely tracking of behaviors with medication changes.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the reevaluation of teh resident, whose care plan was updated for psychoactive medication and to identify targeted symptoms.

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