The Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing received 18 citations for violations of public health code between 2016 and 2020, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on April 24, 2020. The Southampton 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 prevent medication errors. Section 483.45 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to ensure residents “are free of any significant medication errors.” A June 2017 citation found that The Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing did not ensure such for one resident. The citation states specifically that the resident received was administered the wrong dose of an anti-arrhythmic agent for ten days In an inspection, a Licensed Practical Nurse was observed preparing to administer the resident a pill from a blister packet labeled 400 milligrams. When informed by a surveyor that the physician’s orders were for the resident to receive a different dosage, and asked why there was a 400 milligram blister pack on the medication cart along with a 200 milligram blister pack, the LPN stated that the larger packet “was discontinued and should not have been on the cart.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the removal of the 400 milligram blister pack and the education and disciplinary counseling of involved nursing staff.
2. The nursing home did not employ adequate measures to prevent accidents. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must ensure resident environments are as free as possible from accident hazards, and that residents receive adequate supervision to prevent accidents. An April 2016 citation found that The Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing did not ensure such for two residents. In one instance, a resident’s care plan provisions regarding his “aggressive behavior” was not followed, and his behavior “caused an incident/accident.” In the other, a resident’s care plan was not updated “to ensure safety from accidents from other aggressive residents after an accident occurred.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the updating of care plans and counseling of a nurse.
3. The nursing home did not provide adequate bedsore / pressure ulcer care. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to ensure residents with pressure ulcers receive necessary treatment and services to promote healing. An April 2016 citation found that The Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing did not provide such for one resident. The citation states specifically that there were no document interventions to address the resident’s pressure ulcer’s decline from a Stage 2 ulcer to a Stage 3 ulcer. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the re-in-servicing of certain nurses.
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