Rosewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center: Infection, Accident Citations

Rosewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has received 77 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 facility has also received seven fines totaling $48,000 over findings that it violated health code provisions regarding staff mistreatment of residents, medication errors, and more. The Rensselaer nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of seven surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not employ adequate measures to prevent infection. Section 483.80 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must create and maintain infection control programs designed to provide residents with a safe and sanitary environment. A February 2020 citation found that Rosewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that staff did not follow infection control procedures while performing a dressing change procedure on a resident, and that a staff member did not don personal protective equipment and perform hand hygiene before providing care to a resident on contact precautions. As for that staffer, the citation states that a Certified Nursing Assistant was observed standing next to the resident’s bed without PPE “despite presence of signage and supplies outside the room.” In an interview, the CNA stated that they “did not see the contact precaution sign or the cart with the PPE supplies.” A Registered Nurse Unit Manager said in an interview that “there is a very visible sign on the doorway and a cart outside the room notifying everyone.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the re-education of the CNA regarding isolation protocols.

2. The nursing home did not take adequate steps to prevent accidents. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to ensure resident environments remain “as free of accident hazards as is possible.” A January 2019 citation found that Rosewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center did not ensure such for three residents. The citation states specifically that the three residents’ disposable razors were not stored properly, and that the facility did not ensure one of those residents, “who was receiving anticoagulation therapy,” was not using a disposable razor. The citation goes on to state that the facility “did not ensure that chemicals were stored properly” in the facility’s kitchenette.

3. The nursing home did not provide adequate pressure ulcer care. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to provide a standard of care to prevent residents from developing pressure ulcers unless unavoidable. A May 2017 citation found that Rosewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center did not ensure such for one resident. The citation states specifically that the facility did not provide a comprehensive assessment for skin conditions for that resident. The citation goes on to state that the facility did not ensure its Licensed Practical Nurses “performed skin checks every week as documented as an intervention in the resident’s Comprehensive Care Plan,” and that “there was no system in place to ensure residents at risk for skin breakdown were being turned and positioned every 2 hours and as needed.” As such, according to the citation, the resident developed and avoidable Stage III pressure ulcer. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the implementation of full house skin checks.

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