Medication Errors, Falls Result In Nursing Home Fines

Seven nursing homes have been fined by the state Department of Public Health in connection with medication errors or residents who fell or sustained broken bones. On Feb. 5, two fines totaling $2,740 were imposed on the Golden Hill Health Care Center in Milford in connection with an incident July 31 in which a resident broke a leg. The resident was diagnosed with a broken leg and bruises on Aug. 1, DPH records show.

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Five Nursing Homes Fined For Care Lapses

Five nursing homes were fined by the state Department of Public Health for lapses in care. A $1,020 fine was levied on the Golden Hill Health Care Center of Milford for failing to provide proper care to a resident who needed splints/braces on his or her lower extremities.  An inspection in January found that there was no record that the resident’s skin was monitored, as directed in the care plan.   The resident suffered skin wounds caused by pressure from the incorrect use of the splints/braces, according to a DPH inspection report. The Bishop Wicke Health & Rehabilitation Center, Inc., of Shelton was fined $1,090 for failing to properly supervise a resident who fell twice in August 2012. The patient sustained a hip fracture, as well as lacerations of the forehead and arm, after being found on the bathroom floor. Also, the nursing home was cited for loose bedrails during an inspection.

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