Highbridge Woodycrest Center has received 13 citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on October 1, 2022. The Bronx nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of three surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:
1. The nursing home did not adequately protect residents from abuse. Section 483.12 of the Federal Code ensures nursing home residents “the right to be free from abuse.” An April 2022 citation found that Highbridge Woodycrest Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which a resident reported that a Certified Nursing Assistant hit them on the neck. A subsequent review of facility surveillance footage revealed an altercation between the two individual. In an interview, the facility’s Director of Nursing stated that a facility review substantiated the allegation. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the termination of the CNA and the education of relevant staff.
2. The nursing home did not keep adequately resident drug regimens free from unnecessary psychotropic medications. Per Section 483.45 of the Federal Code, nursing home facilities must ensure resident drug regimen do not unnecessarily include any medications that influence “brain activities associated with mental processes and behavior.” A December 2019 citation found that Highbridge Woodycrest Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which “a rational was not provided for the continued use of an antipsychotic medication” by one resident. In an interview, a Licensed Practical Nurse said that the resident “does not currently display any inappropriate behaviors, hallucinations, or delusions” and additionally that the resident “does not have any history of displaying any inappropriate behaviors.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the in-servicing of physicians regarding the facility’s policies and procedures for medication use and monitoring.
3. The nursing home did not employ adequate infection control practices. Section 483.80 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to establish and maintain an infection prevention and control program designed to mitigate the spread of communicable diseases and infections. An October 2018 citation found that Highbridge Woodycrest Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes the facility’s failure to “ensure that the infection prevention and control program included a water management plan that included a facility risk assessment.” It states further that the water management plan did not consider ASHRAE industry standards; additionally, per the citation, the facility’s water management plan did not ensure water testing protocols would “prevent the growth and spread of legionella and other waterborne pathogens.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the revision of the facility’s infection prevention and control program to include a water management plan.
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