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CASA ARENA – “nurses were aware of his state because they had given him Flexaril”

CASA ARENA BLANCA NURSING CENTER

LOCATED: 205 MOONGLOW AVENUE, ALAMOGORDO, NM 88310

CASA ARENA BLANCA NURSING 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 –IMMEDIATE JEOPARDY

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

Based on record review and interviews, the following was discovered:

Resident #1 had 4 falls starting on [DATE] with three of the falls with injuries and the injuries progressively became worse. The last fall with injury that was documented occurred on the early morning of [DATE] that caused a bilateral parenchymal hemorrhage in the frontal lobes on both sides and in the left temporal and parietal lobes. There is a 2.8 cm x 1.2 cm right frontal lobe parenchymal hematoma. There is a 3 cm x 1.9 cm left frontal lobe hematoma. Mostly likely related to traumatic hemorrhagic contusions. In addition, there is a subarachnoid hemorrhage in the sylvian fissure, right cerebral peduncle, and in the frontal lobe sulci bilaterally. Later on [DATE], he returned to the facility in a comatose state and died on [DATE].

The facility did not complete the fall risk assessment after the falls on [DATE], [DATE], and [DATE]. The staff verbalized that they noted a decline in the resident’s ability to transfer himself. They also stated that he seemed more lethargic after his fall on [DATE].

The facility did not re-evaluate the residents care plan for assistance while transferring, but instead continued to encourage the resident to utilize his call-light.

This resulted in Immediate Jeopardy being called on [DATE] at 2:35 pm. The Administrator and DON were notified at this time. A Plan of Removal was received and approved on [DATE] at 5:00 pm. After the plan was noted to be implemented, the scope and severity was decreased from a Level 4, K, to a Level 3 G.

On [DATE] at 4:00 pm, during an interview, CNA #2 stated that R #1 had gotten up multiple times during the evening of [DATE] and was both more unsteady than usual and more drowsy than usual. When asked, CNA #2 stated that the nurses were aware of his state because they had given him Flexaril (medication to relax the muscles) earlier that evening. CNA #2 stated R #1 was supposed to use the call-light when he was going to transfer himself. The staff only needed to be there for supervision and if he started to fall. When asked, she was not aware of any new interventions for R #1.

On [DATE] at 11:30 am, during an interview, the DON confirmed the fall risks assessments were not completed on [DATE], [DATE], and after the last fall on [DATE]. She further confirmed that no therapy evaluations could be found in the clinical record. The DON confirmed the falls were noted on the care plan and that there were no new interventions and no older interventions were eliminated.

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6 Responses to “CASA ARENA – “nurses were aware of his state because they had given him Flexaril””

  1. Ronda says:

    I do not know who got this information out to the public, Thank you very much. Corporate Nursing homes have to have more accountability.

  2. Michelle says:

    Casa Arena is a horriable nuring home and should be shut down. There are many other victims here. Please investigate!

    • Juan Baca says:

      Yea I have a sister who took my mother in and kicked her out of the house and kept her from her TV and clothes and she is still available to my mom monthly income that my mom has not seen in four months

  3. Maria says:

    One of their nurses overdosed my dad with morphine. He was nonresponsive for over 2 days. They then called Adult Protective Services on ME!

  4. Darrel Rogers says:

    Any accusations of inadequate care are just that, accusations. Anything can made to sound worse than it is. Please tell me what staff could have done differently. How many residents are there per CNA? There are no closed circuit tv cameras in each room and one cna cannot effectively do her job if she is sitting in a patients room waiting for him to fall. If he is secured to the bed for his own safety, then it is abuse. Give me the solution for this issue.

  5. Kimberly says:

    This nursing home almost killed my aunt when she was there and when I spoke up the medical board said because she didnt die nothing could be done.

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