Troy Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Cited for Medication Errors

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A nursing home in Troy, New York has received 45 health and safety code citations in the last four years.

Troy Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing received 45 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on August 14, 2021. The Troy nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of six surveys by state inspectors. The violations they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not adequately protect residents from accidents. Under Section 483.25 of the Federal Code, nursing homes must ensure residents receive a level of supervision and assistance devices adequate to prevent them from sustaining accidents. A March 2021 citation found that Troy Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that the nursing home did not adequately supervise a resident with a history of wandering, who was subsequently found in another resident’s room. In an interview, one of the facility’s nurses said that the resident “was allowed to wander out of his room, and that there were no care planned interventions for supervising or monitoring” him. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the development of a care plan for wandering.

2. The nursing home did not adequately prevent medication errors. Under Section 483.45 of the Federal Code, nursing homes must ensure residents remain “free of any significant medication errors.” A March 2020 citation found that Troy Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that the nursing home did not ensure one resident received their blood pressure medication “within the parameters ordered.” The citation goes on to describe a second resident whom the resident did not ensure “received prescribed antianxiety medication for muscle spasm as ordered.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the counseling and re-education of nursing staff involved in the deficiencies.

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The citations included one for medication errors and another for resident supervision.

3. The nursing home did not provide adequate pressure ulcer care. Under Section 483.25 of the Federal Code, nursing home facilities are required to provide necessary treatment and services to promote the healing of pressure ulcers, and to ensure that residents admitted without pressure ulcers do not develop them unless the development of such is medically unavoidable. An October 2017 citation found that Troy Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that in connection to one resident, the nursing home neglected to “ensure ongoing monitoring of the decubitus ulcer was performed on a weekly basis, and that evaluations of the pressure ulcer was documented correctly and completely.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the education of relevant nursing 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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