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Antipsychotic Use Drops In State Nursing Homes, New Data Show

Connecticut still ranks high among states in the use of antipsychotic drugs for elderly nursing home residents, but its rate of use has dropped 21.6 percent since 2011 – more than the national average -- new government data show. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Med Board Stops Employee’s Use Of Fat-Melting Laser On Clients

The state Medical Examining Board Tuesday ordered an employee of Laser55 of West Hartford to stop using an infrared laser device to heat fat tissue for potential weight loss, saying it constitutes the practice of medicine without a license. Though the board found that Pamela Borselle of Berlin is certified in using the device, it concluded she is not a doctor and she did not use the device under the direct supervision of a licensed physician. Borselle agreed to a cease and desist order to stop “the unlawful practice of medicine,’’ according to the order approved. At the same meeting, the board dropped charges against the owner of Laser55, Iyad “Edward” Shaham of West Hartford, because it found that only Borselle, and not Shaham, used the laser device on patients in 2012 and 2013. Laser55, at 836 Farmington Ave., advertises its services on its website as “Instant Weight Loss that Actually Works!” The medical board’s memorandum of decision states that the business uses the laser on localized areas of the body to warm fat cells under the skin by three to five degrees. Continue Reading →

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Child Advocates Want Independent Review of Girls’ Detention Unit

A preliminary review by the Office of the Child Advocate of conditions at the state’s controversial locked treatment program for troubled girls in Middletown raises concerns about the improper use of restraints, inadequate access to mental health services, and inconsistent reporting of abuse and neglect. (more…) Continue Reading →

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State Health Department Shuts Down Eight Blood Collection Centers

The state Department of Public Health has shut down eight blood collection centers because they were operating without a license or certificate. DPH issued a cease and desist order Aug. 29 against BioReference Laboratories Inc. of New Jersey, for operating the unlicensed blood collection centers in Fairfield, Ansonia, Milford, New London, Norwich, Waterbury, Wallingford and North Stonington. The order said that BioReference has a licensed clinical laboratory at 27 Hospital Ave. in Danbury, but that it opened the other labs before receiving a license or certificate to operate them. Continue Reading →

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Eight Nursing Homes Fined Following Lapses In Care

Eight nursing homes have been fined more than $1,000 each by the state Department of Public Health in connection with incidents in which residents sustained cuts or broken bones or suffered from lapses in care. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Seven Nursing Homes Fined Following Medication Errors, Injuries

Seven nursing homes have been fined by the state Department of Public Health in connection with medication errors and incidents that led residents to be burned or break a leg. In two separate citations on July 24, Sharon Health Care Center was fined $1,580 and $1,050 in connection with several violations of state regulations. On Oct. 30, 2013, a resident at the home was burned on the leg by a hot pack during a ride to a doctor’s office. The director of rehabilitation told state officials that in retrospect, it showed poor judgment for the rehab department to give the resident a hot pack for the half-hour ride, DPH records show. Continue Reading →

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Nurse Sues St. Francis, Claims She Lost Her Job After Saving A Patient’s Life

A nurse who worked at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center for more than 30 years is suing the hospital for $2.5 million, claiming she was forced to give up her job in 2012 for “exceeding the scope” of her authority when she tried to save a patient’s life. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Waterbury Nursing Home Ordered To Hire Nurse Consultant, Fined $5,000

A Waterbury nursing home has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and hire a nursing consultant after state health inspections uncovered numerous violations at the facility, including resident neglect and unsanitary conditions. Terms of the agreement, reached between Rosegarden Health & Rehabilitation Center and the state Department of Public Health, are revealed in a July 9 consent order recently released by DPH. Thirty violations were uncovered at the center during a series of unannounced DPH inspections of the facility that occurred between Nov. 25 and Dec. 10, 2013. Continue Reading →

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Six Nursing Homes Fined Following Lapses In Care

Six nursing homes were cited by the state Department of Public Health following lapses in care, including an accidental medication overdose, falls that resulted in injuries and failing to monitor residents. (more…) Continue Reading →

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