August 19, 2011

West Hartford Nursing Home Cited For Medication Error, Patient Fall

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The state Department of Public Health has cited and fined a West Hartford nursing home for failing to properly administer medication to one resident and for improperly transferring another resident into bed, causing that resident to suffer a hemorrhage from a fall.

Bishops Corner Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation faces a $710 fine for the lapses, which were identified during an August inspection.

The inspection report says nursing home staff failed to administer antibiotics that had been prescribed by a physician to a resident with severe mental retardation who was suffering from a cough and wheezing. The home’s nursing director said the mistake was made because the medication was “not available in the medication cart and the nurses failed to check with their supervisor,” according to the report.

In a separate incident, a resident fell to the floor and suffered a bump to the back of the head when two nurses’ aides used a mechanical Hoyer lift improperly, causing the resident to slide out of the sling. After the incident, nursing staff were retrained in how to use the lift, the DPH report says.

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