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Administrator states, “No evidence that the facility had tracked or trended falls for Resident #1.”

WEST LIBERTY NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER

LOCATED: 774 LIBERTY ROAD, WEST LIBERTY, KY 41472

WEST LIBERTY NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER was 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 MAKE SURE THAT THE NURSING HOME AREA IS FREE FROM ACCIDENT HAZARDS AND RISKS AND PROVIDES SUPERVISION TO PREVENT AVOIDABLE ACCIDENTS

LEVEL OF HARM –ACTUAL HARM

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY**

Based on interview, record review, and a review of the facility falls policy, it was determined the facility failed to ensure one (1) of three (3) sampled residents (Resident #1) received adequate supervision and assistive devices to prevent accidents. Resident #1 had a history of [REDACTED]. The facility failed to investigate the falls to determine the cause of the falls, and to prevent further falls. Resident #1 fell on [DATE] and sustained fractured ribs as a result of the fall.

Review of the medical record for Resident #1 revealed the facility admitted the resident on 02/12/16 with [DIAGNOSES REDACTED]. The resident was assessed to be at risk for falls on the admission Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment with a reference date of 02/19/16 and sustained three falls within five days of admission to the facility.

Interview with the Assistant Administrator on 08/24/16 at 11:00 AM revealed that if a resident had a fall, the resident was assessed by the nurse and an incident report and fall investigation were initiated. The nurse was to try to determine the cause of the fall and implement interventions to try and prevent further falls. The Assistant Administrator stated the fall was reviewed the next working day in the morning meeting and interventions were reviewed. According to the Assistant Administrator, there was no evidence that the facility had tracked or trended falls for Resident #1.

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