Wayne County Nursing Home has received 29 citations for violations of public health code between 2016 and 2020, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on August 14, 2020. The Lyons nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of five surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:
1. The nursing home did not implement adequate infection control measures. Section 483.80 of the Federal Code requires, among other things, that nursing homes create and maintain a program to prevent and control infection and maintain a sanitary environment for residents. A June 2017 citation found that Wayne County Nursing Home failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that the nursing home did not have proper data analysis for infections, did not properly implement infection control techniques in connection to one resident’s incontinence care, failed to prevent a transfer sling and oxygen concentrator from becoming soiled, and failed to prevent the soiling of resident’s toilet seat and bathroom wall. The citation states that these deficiencies had the “potential to cause more than minimal harm.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the in-servicing of all staff on infection control, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment policy and equipment cleaning.
2. The nursing home did not adequately care for pressure ulcers. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must provide residents with necessary services to prevent the development of pressure ulcers and to promote the healing of pressure ulcers. A November 2016 citation found that Wayne County Nursing Home failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes a “lack of communication regarding skin breakdown, lack of timely assessment, documentation, and treatment of” a resident’s pressure ulcer. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the review of all residents’ skin assessments over the prior 30 days to determine whether they received proper treatment.
3. The nursing home did not ensure the provision of care by qualified persons in accordance with residents’ care plans. Section 483.21 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must provide or arrange services that are “provided by qualified persons in accordance with each resident’s written plan of care.” A June 2017 citation found that Wayne County Nursing Home did not ensure such. The citation specifically describes “the lack of non-skid socks, floating heels, and anti-embolic stockings (reduce swelling and incidence of blood clots) per plan of care.” It goes on to state that a resident “was observed lying on her back in bed wearing anti-embolic stockings but no slipper socks.” In an interview, a Certified Nursing Assistant said that the resident should be wearing the socks, but that she did not put them on the resident. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the in-servicing of relevant staff.
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