Pine Valley Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Rockland County recently received a statement of deficiency for failing to properly prevent and heal pressure sores. An 80 year old woman was admitted to the facility on May 26th of last year. Upon her admission, the facility noted that she was at “high risk” for the development of pressure sores. Despite the risk factor, however, the facility failed to implement proper interventions to curb the development of pressure sores. As a result, the resident developed a Stage II pressure sore on her right heel.
According to the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (10 NYCCR 415.12(c)), Based on the comprehensive assessment of a resident, the facility shall ensure that: (1) a resident who enters the facility without pressure sores does not develop pressure sores unless he individual’s clinical condition demonstrates that they were unavoidable despite every reasonable effort to prevent them; and (2) a resident having pressure sores receives necessary treatment and services to promote healing, prevent infection and prevent new sores from developing. The facility’s failure to develop a care plan or preventative measures led to the resident developing a pressure sore. This is a deviation from acceptable standards of nursing practice, as well as a violation state and federal statutes.
Website Resource: New York State Department of Health