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Information & Ratings on Fox Subacute at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Families place their loved one in a nursing facility to ensure they receive care in a healthful and safe environment. Unfortunately, abuse, mistreatment, and neglect are rampant in facilities across Pennsylvania. In many cases, the most vulnerable members of society are preyed upon by mistreating caregivers are other residents in the home because there is a lack of supervision, monitoring, and training. If your loved one was the victim of mistreatment in a Cumberland County nursing facility, the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys are here to help. Our team of dedicated lawyers will fight aggressively on your behalf to ensure the family is financially compensated for your damages and those responsible for your harm are held legally accountable. Let us begin working on your case today.Fox Subacute at Mechanicsburg
This Facility is a Medicare/Medicaid-approved “for-profit” Center providing services to residents of Mechanicsburg and Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. The 56-certified bed Long-Term Care Home is located at:
120 South Filbert St.
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 17055
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, the facility also offers:
- Respiratory therapy
- Palliative care
- Medical rehabilitation
- Medical care
- Social services
- Sensory stimulation therapy
Pennsylvania and the federal government have a legal responsibility of monitoring every nursing home in the state. These agencies have the authority to impose monetary penalties or hold payment from Medicare if the nursing facility has violated rules and regulations. Typically, the more serious the violation, the higher the monetary fines, especially if neglect or abuse caused harm or could have caused harm to a resident.
Within the last three years, nursing home regulators have not fined Fox Subacute at Mechanicsburg, but have denied payment for Medicare services on March 12, 2018. Also, the facility has received 31 formally filed complaints and have reported their issues that resulted in a citation. Additional documentation about penalties and fines can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health posted surveys website concerning this nursing home.Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania Nursing Home Patients Safety Concerns
Government regulatory agencies regularly update their long-term care home database system with complete details of all dangerous hazards, opened investigations, health violations, safety concerns, filed complaints, and incident inquiries. The search results can be found on numerous online sites including Medicare.gov and the PA Department of Public Health websites.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, one out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Cumberland County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at Fox Subacute at Mechanicsburg that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
- Failure to Provide Sufficient Staffing to Ensure That Every Resident’s Needs Are Being Met
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Programs That Investigate, Control and Keep Infections from spreading
- Failure to Ensure Residents Receive Proper Treatment and Care to Prevent the Development of New Pressure Sores or Allow Existing Pressure Sores to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 23, 2018, a state surveying agency noted the nursing home’s failure to “use a transfer technique using a mechanical lift, to promote resident safety and prevent accidents.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one resident.”
The investigator reviewed the resident’s clinical records and Incident Report that revealed that the resident “was being transferred from the chair to his bed with the mechanical lift (use of transfer residents who require 90% - 100% assistance. A pad is placed under the resident’s body and connected with chains to the mechanical lift frame. A hydraulic pump is used to transfer the resident).”
The state investigator said that the “mechanical lift tipped over during the transfer resulting in [the resident] falling to the floor.” The incident report revealed that when a Registered Nurse (RN) “entered the room, [the resident] was on the floor with the mechanical lift on his chest. The incident report indicated that the mechanical lift legs were not opened and the two Nurse Aides transferred [the resident]. The immediate action taken was to educate staff to open the legs of the mechanical lift for better balance when transferring residents.” The Director of Nurses stated that “one Nurse Aide said the legs were opened and the other nurse aides said the legs were not open.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 23, 2018, a state investigator documented the facility's failure to provide " sufficient staff to meet resident’s needs for three of five residents in a group.” The state investigator conducted in a family interview where it was revealed that “a resident and family member have experience call bell wait times of over an hour recently. The family member also expressed concern that the agency staff is not familiar with the resident’s care.” The investigator noted that there were facility concern forms that were filled out by the family regarding “extended call bell response times.”
The state survey team conducted another group interview with a different resident who said that they had waited a long time “for assistance after turning on the call light” moreover, “that this happens multiple times per week.” The resident “also revealed that by the time they get in there, it is way too late (referring to incontinence episodes).” A different resident “revealed that the wait time is 15 to 20 minutes and that, sometimes when they do not come, you get wet.” A fourth resident “revealed that the wait times are the longest at night.”
The survey team observed a call light ringing “on the first floor in [one resident’s] room [where the] Respiratory Therapist was observed walking past the room four times and did not go into the room to answer the call bell and see what the resident needed.” At that time, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) “was observed standing in the hallway, at the medication cart, while the call light was still on.” A few minutes later, the LPN “was observed sitting at the nursing station, while the call light was still on.” Eleven minutes after the call light was first initiated, it was “answered by another staff member.”
The facility Nursing Home Administrator “stated she expects the staff to answer call lights timely as they seem to appear.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 15, 2017, the state investigator documented that the facility had failed to “ensure an effective infection control program to prevent the spread of infectious disease.” The deficient practice involved two residents at the facility. In one incident, the investigator reviewed the resident’s clinical records and made observations of the wound dressing change by a Registered Nurse (RN) who “was observed changing the wound dressing on [the resident]. During the investigation, [the RN] removed the soiled wound dressing, cleansed the wound, change gloves and applied the new wound … dressing.”
However, the investigator stated that the Registered Nurse “did not perform hand hygiene between blood changes.” The investigator reviewed the facility’s policy and procedure titled: Hand Hygiene under the section titled Glove Use that reads in part: “Gloves are to be removed immediately after use and hand hygiene is done either with soap and water or hand sanitizer.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated March 12, 2018, the state surveyor documented that the facility failed to “ensure an effective infection control program was implemented and carried out for [three residents].” In one incident, it was revealed that “housekeeping staff was in a resident’s room.” The surveyor’s “observed that the resident utilized a standing fan to circulate air over the resident’s body. Observation of the fan revealed an observable accumulation of dust on the fan guard in front and behind the fan blades. It was also observed that there was a package of [a dressing used to promote drainage and prevent bacterial growth) open and sitting on a package of incontinence wipes on the room heating unit.”
The state investigator noted that the Licensed Practical Nurse providing the resident care gathered supplies “and placed them on the bedside table of [the resident, but] did not clean the table [before] laying supplies on it.” Also, the LPN “did not perform hand hygiene [before] donning gloves or beginning the dressing change on [the resident’s] umbilicus” creating an environment susceptible to spreading infection.
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated March 12, 2018, the state agency surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “ensure that one six residents reviewed for receiving services and treatment to promote healing and prevent infection” received adequate care to treat a pressure ulcer.
The investigator reviewed a resident’s clinical record and observed a pressure ulcer wound dressing change. The observation showed that the resident “had been incontinent of urine. It was observed that the incontinence products located under [the resident] had been soiled with yellow substance consistent with urine.” The Registered Nurse (RN) and a Nursing Aide worked together to “turned the resident to perform a change in incontinence products.” The RN “then went to the bathroom to wash her hands. At this time, the Nurse Aide “removed the dressing. After removing the dressing, the resident was allowed to be rolled back onto the wound, placing the sacral wound directly into the soiled incontinence pad.”
The Registered Nurse “then began to ready dressing supplies, including single-use normal saline solution gauze, and placed the items on the foot end of [the resident’s] bed.” The Registered Nurse “then left [the resident’s] room and retrieved [a foam padded wound dressing] from the supply closet located at the end of the hall that the resident resided on.” The Registered Nurse “return to the room, used hand sanitizer, and placed [the foam dressing] package onto the foot end of [the resident’s bed before cleansing] the wound with normal saline during which time the resident had a bowel movement.”
The nursing team cleansed the resident of the bowel movement when the Registered Nurse “utilized hand sanitizer and donned to gloves.” The Registered Nurse “then use the last of the single-use normal saline solution to cleanse the pressure wound for the second time.”
The investigator conducted a staff interview with the Director of Nurses who revealed that the Nurse Aide “should not allow the resident to roll to her back and should not allow the wound to come into contact with the soiled incontinence pad.” The Director revealed that the Registered Nurse “should have utilized soap and water [before] the dressing change and should not have utilized gloved hands to open closets and drawers and should have performed hand hygiene and replaced glove afterward [before] continuing the dressing change.”
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