Sodus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center: Pressure Ulcer Citation

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Sodus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center received 37 citations for being in violation of public health code between 2018 and 2022 as a direct result of 10 inspections by state surveyors.

Sodus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center received 37 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on June 17, 2022. The Sodus nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of 10 inspections by state surveyors. The violations they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not provide adequate pressure ulcer care. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must provide a degree of care that prevents residents who enter without pressure sores from developing them, unless their condition renders this unavoidable, and which provides necessary treatment and services to residents with pressure sores. A September 2020 citation found that Sodus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes a resident who “was not wearing blue booties on both feet at all times and was not repositioned every two hours,” per their care plan. In an interview, the facility’s Director of Nursing stated that the resident should have been turned and positioned every two hours, and that “the booties should be worn at all times.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the education of all staff on pressure ulcer treatment.

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The nursing home was cited for failing to provide proper pressure ulcer care, they did not implement sufficient infection control measures, and the nursing home did not follow food safety standards and keep a sanitary kitchen for the residents.

2. The nursing home did not undertake adequate infection control measures. Section 483.80 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to create and uphold “an infection prevention and control program designed to provide a safe, sanitary and comfortable environment and to help prevent the development and transmission of communicable diseases and infections.” A September 2020 citation found that Sodus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes the facility’s failure to be able to “provide evidence of a complete infection control program that consistently identified, tracked, investigated, monitored, and analyzed surveillance data to prevent infections in the facility.” The citation states further that when the facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing was asked “for the trending information or if comparisons were done month to month, or if an analysis of the information was completed,” the facility’s Director of Nursing responded in the negative. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the completion of an infection prevention and control program manual.

3. The nursing home did not follow food safety protocols. Section 483.60 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to store food “in accordance with professional standards for food service safety.” A February 2022 citation found that Sodus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that the facility “failed to store and hold cold foods properly and failed to maintain equipment, floors and surfaces in a sanitary condition.” In an interview, the facility’s cook noted that the kitchen was in an unclean attention due to understaffing, and said “they were unaware that food boxes could not be directly stored on the floor and that the boxes in the freezer were reported to have been delivered four days earlier.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the hiring of a new Food Service Director and the discarding of incorrectly stored food items.

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