Quantum Rehabilitation and Nursing: Accident Citation

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According to New York State Department of Health records, Quantum Rehabilitation and Nursing has received 30 citations for being in violation of public health code between 2018 and 2022.

Quantum Rehabilitation and Nursing received 30 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on May 6, 2022. The Middle Island nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of eight inspections by state surveyors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not adequately prevent the administration of unnecessary drugs. Section 483.45 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to keep their residents’ drug regimens “free from unnecessary drugs.” An April 2021 citation found that Quantum Rehabilitation and Nursing failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which a resident received antipsychotic medications in the absence of behavioral indications for such a medication. In an interview, the facility’s Director of Nursing Services stated that “non-pharmacological interventions should be attempted prior to the start of an Antipsychotic medication,” and further that “behaviors that warranted the start of the medication should be documented.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the in-servicing of licensed nurses. 

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The nursing home was cited for failing to prevent unnecessary drugs from being administered, they did not implement proper accident-prevention measures, and the nursing home did not create a safe and sanitary environment for the residents.

2. The nursing home did not employ adequate accident-prevention measures. Under 483.25 of the Federal Code, nursing homes must ensure resident environments “remain as free of accident hazards as is possible.” An April 2021 citation found that Quantum Rehabilitation and Nursing failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which a patio exit door in the first floor dining room “was not secured with a properly functioning alarm or door hardware to prevent unauthorized entry and exit,” presenting a risk for elopement. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the removal of a defection panic bar on the door and the installation of a new panic bar and latch hardware.

3. The nursing home did not meet sanitation and comfort standards. Section 483.90 of the Federal Code states that nursing homes must “provide a safe, functional, sanitary, and comfortable environment for residents, staff and the public.” An April 2021 citation found that Quantum Rehabilitation and Nursing failed to ensure such. The citation specifically patio exit door that was not secured with a properly functioning alarm. In an interview, the facility’s Administrator stated that he was unaware the door’s keypad reset itself or that it lacked latch hardware. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the in-servicing of maintenance staff.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Thomas L. Gallivan, PLLC work diligently to protect the rights of nursing home residents.  Please contact us to discuss in the event you have a potential case involving neglect or abuse.

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