Chasehealth Rehab and Residential Care received 27 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on July 9, 2021. The New Berlin nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of four inspections by state surveyors. The violations they describe include the following:
1. The nursing home did not take adequate steps to prevent accidents. Under Section 483.25 of the Federal Code, nursing homes must ensure residents receive adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents. A May 2021 citation found that Chasehealth Rehab and Residential Care failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an employee who “did not receive training and education on the use of assistive devices,” and who provided a walker to resident but did not assist that resident during ambulation in accordance with the resident’s care plan. The resident consequently fell and sustained “a laceration and skin tear.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the re-education of the employee in question.
2. The nursing home did not adequately prevent medication errors. Section 483.45 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must ensure their medication error rates do not meet or exceed five percent. A March 2019 citation found that Chasehealth Rehab and Residential Care failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that two residents did not receive proton pump inhibitor medication at the correct time. These errors resulted in a medication error rate of 5.88%. In an interview, the facility’s Medical Director stated that the medications were given “past the recommended therapeutic time.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the completion of a full house audit of residents who use proton pump inhibitors.
3. Chasehealth Rehab and Residential Care also received a citation for failing to keep residents free of medication errors in November 2017. In this instance, the citation described three residents who were not adequately protected from medication errors. It specifically describes three residents with orders for for fingerstick insulin administration before meals. According to the citation, the residents were not administered insulin at the proper times. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the education of licensed staff and the contracting of a Diabetic Educator to educate the staff about sliding scale insulin peak times.
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