Workmen’s Circle Multicare Center received nine citations for violations of public health code between 2018 and 2022, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on June 3, 2022. The Bronx 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 provide adequate accident-prevention measures. Section 483.25 of the Federal Code stipulates that nursing homes must ensure residents receive “adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents.” A May 2021 citation found that Workmen’s Circle Multicare Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which staff failed to properly position a Hoyer lift canvas pad below a resident to prepare them for a Hoyer lift transfer. As they attempted to transfer the resident from their medical recliner to their bed, the citation states, “the resident slid off the canvas and fell to the floor.” An investigation of the incident by the facility’s Director of Nursing concluded with a proposal “that the cause of fall was improper positioning of the Resident on the canvas.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the re-education of nursing staff.
2. 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 August 2019 citation found that Workmen’s Circle Multicare Center failed to ensure such. The citation specifically describes an instance in which a Certified Nursing Assistant admitted hitting a resident “in her eye after the resident became combative during care.” In an interview, the CNA said that “it happened so fast and my hand hit her in the face.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the termination of the staff member in question.
3. The nursing home did not adequately implement smoke detection measures. Section 101 of the Life Safety Code requires nursing homes to provide smoke detection systems “in spaces open to corridors.” A December 2018 citation found that Workmen’s Circle Multicare Center failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that a waiting area on the facility’s second floor, near its nursing area, “lacked a smoke detection system.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the installation of a smoke detector in the relevant area “the next day.”
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