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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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.

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Eight Nursing Homes Fined, Following One Death, Care Lapses

Eight Connecticut nursing homes have been fined by the state Department of Public Health in connection with one resident’s death and other incidents of rapid weight gain, cuts and broken bones among residents. On Nov. 7, Beacon Brook Health Center in Naugatuck was fined $2,180 in connection with a resident who died May 23 of cardiopulmonary arrest and a bowel obstruction, DPH records show. DPH found that the home’s medical records failed to reflect that an abdominal assessment was done on May 23 after the resident complained of nausea and a stomachache on May 22. Also, medical records did not indicate that a physician had seen the resident after May 21, and the home did not have a policy about abdominal assessments, DPH records show.

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Four Nursing Homes Fined, One After Patient Dies

Four Connecticut nursing homes have been fined by the state in connection with cases of a resident dying after a fall, another being burned, others who broke a leg, hip or cervical bone and one who was sexually abused by a visitor. In two of the citations released this week, the state Department of Public Health fined Elm Hill Nursing Center of Rocky Hill a total of $2,250 for the cases of a broken hip, the sexual abuse that was not properly reported and a resident who fell and was unresponsive. That patient died in a hospital after the fall, DPH spokesman William Gerrish said Friday. On Sept. 10, Elm Hill was fined $1,020 in connection with the case of a resident with dementia who fell Feb.

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Four Nursing Homes Fined, One For Wrongly Administering Opiates

Four nursing homes have been fined more than $1,000 each in connection with several incidents that included a resident drug overdose and two residents suffering broken bones. Cambridge Manor of Fairfield was fined $1,380 on July 31, in connection with two incidents at the home, according to a citation by the state Department of Public Health.  In the first incident, on July 3, a resident was admitted to a hospital as unresponsive and suffering an overdose of opiates, the citation states. A DPH investigation determined that the resident had been given morphine and thyroid medicine by mistake, according to the citation. William Gerrish, DPH’s spokesman, said the resident recovered and returned to Cambridge Manor. In the second incident, on July 12, a resident with anxiety and dementia was left unattended in a wheelchair in the lobby, the citation said.

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Three Nursing Homes Face State Fines

Three nursing homes in southeastern Connecticut face state fines of more than $1,000 for lapses in care cited by the Department of Public Health. • Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Crossings East of New London was fined $1,090 by the DPH for two incidents in which staff members acted inappropriately with patients. In one case, a nurse physically restrained a resident who was behaving aggressively and engaged in an inappropriate verbal exchange, the DPH report says. In another, a nurse’s aide called a resident a derogatory name and slammed the door when she exited the resident’s room. The aide was terminated after the facility investigated the incident, the DPH report says.

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