San Simeon by the Sound Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation Cited for Pressure Ulcer

San Simeon by the Sound Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation received 25 citations for violations of public health code between 2016 and 2020, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on April 10, 2020. The Greenport nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of four surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not provide adequate  bedsores / pressure ulcer care. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must ensure residents with pressure ulcers receive “necessary treatment and services, consistent with professional standards of practice.” An October 2017 citation found that San Simeon by the Sound Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation did not ensure such for one resident. The citation states specifically that the facility “did not compete thorough assessments nor provide adequate treatment” of a resident assessed upon admission as at risk of pressure ulcers. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the review of the charts of all residents with stage 2 or greater pressure wounds.

2. The nursing home did not implement adequate accident-prevention measures. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must ensure resident environments remain as free as possible of accident hazards, and that residents receive “adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents.” An August 2016 citation found that San Simeon by the Sound Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation did not ensure such for ten residents. The citation states specifically that the side rails on ten resident beds were unsafe, with their gaps measuring more than the FDA-recommended length. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the replacement of the affected side rails to reduce the risk of entrapment.

3. The nursing home did not comply with food safety measures. Section 483.60 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to store, prepare, distribute and serve food in accordance with professional safety standards. An October 2017 citation found that San Simeon by the Sound Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation did not do so. The citation states specifically that an inspector observed two stem thermometers that were inaccurately calibrated, noting that they were “ten degrees higher than a new calibrated digital thermometer.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the discarding of the food that those thermometers had measured, and the replacement of dial-style thermometers with a new and properly calibrated digital thermometer.

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