Nursing Home Faces Fines For Residents With Dehydration, Malnutrition

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A New Haven nursing home faces $2,260 in fines from the state Department of Public Health for lapses in caring for two residents who suffered from malnutrition and dehydration.

A state inspection of the Paradigm Healthcare Center found several violations of patient care rules, including not properly ensuring that a resident who suffered from significant weight loss was receiving adequate nutrition.  The resident, who had Parkinson’s disease, dementia and a history of malnutrition, was supposed to be on a special diet that included nutritional supplements through a feeding tube.

State inspectors found that the facility “failed to administer the proper amount of tube feeding as ordered by the physician for 2.5 months” last summer. The resident’s weight plummeted.

In a second case, the facility was cited for failing to take action to unclog the feeding tube of a resident who was at risk for dehydration. The tube was clogged for several days in 2011, during which the resident “failed to receive any fluids” orally or via the tube, a state report says.

Two other nursing homes also were cited by the DPH recently for lesser violations. The William & Sally Tandet Center for Continuing Care in Stamford faces a $780 fine for failing to properly secure the building to prevent residents from leaving unsupervised.

Chesterfields Health Care Center in Chester faces a $580 fine for an incident in October in which a resident with a history of falls fell and broke a hip, after climbing out of bed. An alarm on the bed that should have been in use was not functioning at the time, a state report says.