Five Connecticut nursing homes have been fined for violations that jeopardized residents’ safety. The state Department of Public Health (DPH) fined Amberwoods of Farmington $9,060 following an incident in which a resident threatened to slit another resident’s throat with a butter knife. On Feb. 6, a resident with dementia and depression entered another resident’s room with a knife and made a threatening gesture to cut the resident’s neck with a butter knife and drink the blood, according to the DPH citation. A nurse aide in the room tried to take the knife but the resident put the knife under a cushion.
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. Paradigm Healthcare Center of Torrington was cited and fined $1,160 in March after a January incident in which a resident being treated for hypertension, chronic pulmonary disease and lymphoma was given an accidental overdose of medication. A nurse mistakenly gave the resident 2.5 milliliters of morphine sulfate, 10 times the 0.25-milileter dose ordered by the treating physician, records show. The overdose resulted in lowered blood pressure and slowed breathing in the resident, who was taken to the emergency room and later discharged back to the center. Officials at the facility did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Four Connecticut nursing homes have been fined more than $1,000 each in connection with incidents involving residents who sustained dramatic weight loss, dehydration, cuts and broken bones. Maefair Health Care Center of Trumbull was fined $1,300 and was cited in connection with a case involving a resident with dementia who fell to the floor from a wheelchair on July 27. The resident received four stitches for a facial cut and was hospitalized for a possible cervical fracture, an Oct. 10 citation from the state Department of Public Health said. The home was cited for not following its care plan, which required that the resident only be seated in an upright position during lunch and dinner, records show.