Salamanca Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

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The New York nursing home has received citations for medication errors and pressure ulcer care.

Salamanca Rehabilitation & Nursing Center has received received 68 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to health records accessed on March 19, 2021. The Salamanca nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of four surveys by state inspectors. The violations they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not ensure that residents were protected from the use of unnecessary drugs. Section 483.45 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing home residents’ drug regimens “must be free from unnecessary drugs.” An August 2019 citation found that Salamanca Rehabilitation & Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that one resident was kept on an antibiotic regimen “without adequate indications for its use.” In an interview, the facility’s Assistant Director for Nursing said that the underlying symptoms, “a single episode of burning upon urination” and an increase in temperature, did not meet the nursing home’s “criteria for antibiotic use.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included a review of its antibiotics policies and procedures.

2. The nursing home did not take adequate steps to prevent accidents. Under Section 483.25 of the Federal Code, nursing home residents ave the right to adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents. A May 2018 citation found that Salamanca Rehabilitation & Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that one resident was observed moving around the facility “using a rolling walker” but without their oxygen cylinder securely attached to the walker, in contravention of facility policy. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included providing the resident with a differently sized cylinder to use while they were moving, as well as a bag attached to the walker to hold the cylinder in place.

3. The nursing home did not adequately care for pressure sores. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to provide residents necessary treatment and services to promote the healing of their pressure ulcers, prevent infection, and prevent new ulcers from developing. A May 2018 citation found that Salamanca Rehabilitation & Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation state specifically that one resident with pressure ulcers was not consistently monitored, and that new ulcers were not properly staged. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the updating of the resident’s wound sheets to ensure that the wounds were “up to date” and “properly staged.”

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