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SANTA FE – RESIDENT SUFFERS FOUR AVOIDABLE BED SORES; STATE SURVEYOR FOUND WOUNDS UNCOVERED

CASA REAL

LOCATED: 1650 GALISTEO STREET, SANTA FE, NM 87505

CASA REAL 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 GIVE RESIDENTS PROPER TREATMENT TO PREVENT NEW (PRESSURE) SORES OR HEAL EXISTING BED SORES

LEVEL OF HARM –IMMEDIATE JEOPARDY

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

Based on observation, interview and record review the facility failed to ensure that 1 (R #3) of 5 (R #3, 31, 43, 81 & 87) residents reviewed for pressure ulcers received the necessary services to prevent the development of new pressure ulcers by:

  1. Not monitoring the condition of the resident’s feet.
  2. Not providing appropriate pressure relieving cushioning while the resident was resting in a Geri-chair (a type of wheelchair).
  3. No ensuring one of the resident’s pressure ulcers was covered with an appropriate wound dressing.

This deficient pact likely resulted in the resident developing multiple avoidable pressure ulcers.

Record review of the wound and skin status report dated 01/20/16 revealed the resident was noted to have two unstageable pressure ulcers; one located on the left ankle and the other located on the left side of her foot. Both of these pressure ulcers were noted to have been identified on 11/19/15 and were not present upon the resident’s admission to the facility. The resident was also noted to have two other unstageable pressure ulcers to her right foot; one located on the lateral (outside) aspect of the heel and the other on the lateral aspect of the foot. Both of these pressure ulcers were noted to have been identified on 01/13/16 and were not present upon the resident’s admission to the facility.

On 01/21/16 from 9:19 am to 10:28 R #3 was reclined in the Geri chair in the common area next to the nurses’ station. The resident did not have waffle boots placed on either feet and both of the resident’s heels were set directly on the foot rest of the Geri-chair. During the observation the resident was not offered to re-position or a cushion/pillow to relieve the pressure off of her feet/heels.

On 01/21/16 at 3:46 pm, during an interview with the resident she was asked if she had the strength to re-position herself on her own and stated, No, I can’t do anything thing on my own, I’m helpless, they (staff members) have to do everything for me.

On 01/21/16 at 3:47 pm, during an interview and observation with the wound care nurse Registered Nurse, (RN) #11 she was asked if the resident should be wearing waffle boots on both of her feet while she rests in the Geri-chair and stated, Yes. RN #11 confirmed that even though the resident cannot re-position herself, she frequently shifts while in the chair and the waffle boot often get removed. During an observation, RN #11 began performing wound care to the resident’s pressure ulcers on her feet. When RN #11 removed the resident’s right sock, no wound dressing was present over the resident’s pressure ulcer located closest to the ankle. RN #11 confirmed the resident should have had a dressing covering the pressure ulcer to protect it.

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One Response to “SANTA FE – RESIDENT SUFFERS FOUR AVOIDABLE BED SORES; STATE SURVEYOR FOUND WOUNDS UNCOVERED”

  1. Michael Snow says:

    My husband was put there by st. Vincent’s hospital to recover from phenomia, they slapped a Pamper for Adults and put him in the back, and forgot about him. He has a cut in his tail bone area, created by St. Vincients and they were suppose to cute that, instead they lied that it was being checked and medicated. After being there over 3 months, the cut was not any better. They were suppose to rehabilitate him back again. He has not progressed one bit.I finally got tired of changing his Adult Pamper, I took my own wheel chair and I took him. I would love to talk to an attorney. My number is 505-316-6050.

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