Westchester, New York Nursing Home Fails To Prevent/Heal Pressure Sores

Michael Malotz Skilled Nursing Pavillion, a nursing home in Yonkers, New York was cited by State and Federal surveyors in a January 28, 2008 survey for failing to prevent and heal pressure sores (bedsores, decubiti) suffered by its residents. Surveyors found that 27% of residents at “high risk” for pressure sores had developed such a sore, in comparison with the New York state average of 13% (more than double the state average).

More specifically, an 81 year-old female resident was found to have developed a Stage III pressure sore on her sacrum after entering the facility with her skin intact. Although the December comprehensive care plan noted that the resident should be placed on a turning and positioning program, a review of the CNA Assignment/Accountability Record (CNA/AR) revealed no instruction to the CNA’s to turn and position the resident. It was not until after the development of the pressure sore that the CNA/AR for January 2008 revealed that the resident was placed on a turning and positioning program. For a more detailed account of the incident, please see the CMS inspection findings.

At the Law Offices of Thomas L. Gallivan, PLLC, we represent nursing home residents who have suffered from the development and progression of pressure sores. Please contact us if you or your loved one has developed such a sore.

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