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 Gallivan & Gallivan, 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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