Glengariff Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center received 38 citations for violations of public health code between 2016 and 2020, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on February 27, 2020. The facility has also been the subject of a 2015 fine of $12,000 in connection to findings during a 2013 inspection that it violated health code provisions regarding quality of care, administration, and quality assessment and assurance. The Glen Cove nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of six surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:
1. The nursing home did not ensure the adequate implementation of infection prevention and control measures. Section 483.80 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to “establish and maintain an infection prevention and control program designed to provide a safe, sanitary and comfortable environment and to help prevent the development and transmission of communicable diseases and infections.” A September 2018 citation found that Glengariff Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center did not ensure the implementation of such for two residents observed with pressure ulcers, and one reviewed for a purified protein derivative vaccination. The citation states specifically that a Licensed Practical Nurse wore the same gloves while cleansing wounds on two different pressure ulcer sites, and that a resident with two PPD implants had no “documented evidence as to when [they] were read.” The citation states that these deficiencies had the “potential to cause more than minimal harm.”
2. The nursing home did not ensure sanitary kitchen conditions. Section 483.60 of the Federal Code requires the storage and preparation of food in accordance with professional safety standards. An April 2017 citation found that Glengariff Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center did not maintain such in its main kitchen area. The citation states specifically that the facility’s “dish machine final rinse temperature was not operating at the required temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit.” Instead, according to the citation, it was operating at or below 170 degrees Fahrenheit when it was observed during a kitchen tour. In an interview, the facility’s Food Service Director said that the facility’s Maintenance Director “will be called to address the issue,” which the citation describes as having the “potential to cause more than minimal harm.”
3. The nursing home did not properly conduct fire drills. Section 101 of the Life Safety Code provides for nursing homes to hold fire drills “at expected and unexpected times under varying conditions.” A September 2018 citation found that Glengariff Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center did not ensure the completion of fire drills at unexpected times during the previous four quarters in one of two buildings. In an interview, the facility’s Director of Engineering said that “fire drill dates would be varied” such that they were not held on the same day.
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