Briarcliff Manor Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has received 27 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on February 11, 2022. The Briarcliff Manor nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of two surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies 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 residents appropriate care to promote the healing of pressure ulcers. A November 2020 citation found that Briarcliff Manor failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that a resident’s feet were not offloaded at all times per a physician’s order, and that another resident’s heel booties were not applied in accordance with a physician’s order. In an interview, a Certified Nursing Assistant said she was unaware the latter resident should have been wearing heel booties; in another interview, a nurse confirmed that the order for the resident to wear heel booties had not properly been registered into the resident’s record, and “may have been entered into the system incorrectly.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facilities included the in-servicing of relevant staff.
2. The nursing home did not take adequate steps to prevent infection. Section 483.80 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must create and maintain a program designed to prevent and control infection, providing residents with a safe, sanitary, and comfortable environment. A November 2020 citation found that Briarcliff Manor failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that in one case, the facility did not ensure a resident’s foley catheter bag and tubing were properly placed so as to stave off contamination; that staffers did not properly handle and transport laundry; and that staffers “did not perform hand hygiene after contact with potentially contaminated services.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the in-servicing of employees on policies regarding hand hygiene and other infection control practices.
3. The nursing home did not ensure residents’ rights were met. Section 483.10 of the Federal Code ensures that nursing home residents have “a right to a dignified existence, self-determination, and communication with and access to persons and services inside and outside the facility.” A November 2020 citation found that Briarcliff Manor failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which staff, while standing, fed seated residents, in contravention of facility policy ensuring that residents be provided with “a dignified dining experience.” In an interview, a Certified Nursing Assistant said “he should have been in a seated position while providing feeding assistance.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the in-servicing of nursing staff.
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