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ADA, OK – Pressures Sores Go Untreated; Resident Harmed

BALLARD NURSING CENTER

LOCATED: 201 WEST 5TH STREET, ADA, OK 74820

BALLARD NURSING CENTER was recently cited by the DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES for the following deficiencies:

PLEASE NOTE: The following highlighted quoted text is only a portion of the full report/survey submitted by DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES. The full report/survey can be found here.

FACILITY FAILED TO NOTIFY PHYSICIAN AND OBTAIN NEW ORDERS WHEN PRESSURE ULCERS INCREASED IN SIZE

Level of harm – Actual Harm

Based on observation, record review and staff and resident interviews, it was determined the facility failed to: a) Notify the physician and obtain new orders when two pressure ulcers increased in size and stage for one (#13) of four sampled residents. This resulted in harm to the resident. b) Identify, notify the physician or obtain orders for one pressure sore on the resident’s buttock and failed to assess and monitor the pressure ulcers on the resident’s heels for one (#9) of four sampled residents. This resulted in harm to the resident. 

Continuing: On 04/07/14 at 9:10 p.m., resident #13 was interviewed. The resident reported she felt her pressure ulcers on her heels were getting worse. The resident reported she had gone to a wound clinic prior to admission and reported she believed the wounds needed debridement. The resident reported she had asked staff to send her to a wound clinic. The resident stated, I have asked repeatedly to see Dr. (name deleted). The resident reported she was told by staff she would have to wait until the 27th of April to see the physician.

Continuing: The physician reported pressure due to diabetes and the resident being very non-compliant. The physician was asked how the pressure wounds to the resident’s heels were progressing. The physician stated, To be honest with you I haven’t looked at them. I saw her yesterday but didn’t look at the wounds. I rely on the nurses. The physician was asked if the nurses had notified her of the wounds increasing in size over the last couple of weeks. The physician stated, Could have I don’t remember.

Continuing: There were no physician orders documented in the clinical record for the resident to be sent to the wound clinic for evaluation.

Continuing: On 04/14/14 at 9:30 a.m., the DON was interviewed in regard to the pressure ulcers increasing in size over the past two weeks and was asked if she thought the nurses should have notified the physician and received a change in treatment. The DON stated, Yes.

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2 Responses to “ADA, OK – Pressures Sores Go Untreated; Resident Harmed”

  1. cindy says:

    I used to work there and I ended up quitting, if that is all you cited them for then that is amazing, as a worker there at that nursing home I was in shock and horror how they told us to treat patients. it was awful

  2. Cheryl Bedard says:

    As a nurse, I always documented in my nurses notes whenever a Dr. was notified, and whether or not new orders were received. If the nurses working at this facility did not do this, then they are risking their nursing licenses and the patients health. I have angered many physicians by documenting their refusal to give orders. They need to be held accountable for their negligence.

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