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Magnolia Manor - Inman Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
This facility is a corporate 'for profit' 176-certified-bed Nursing Center providing cares and services to residents of Inman and Spartanburg County, South Carolina. The Medicare/Medicaid-accepted Nursing Home is located at:
63 Blackstock Rd.
Inman, SC 29349
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, the facility also offers:
- Physical, occupational and speech therapies
- Intravenous (IV) therapy
- Pain management
- Palliative and hospice care
- Specialized wound care
- Psychiatric services
Federal agencies and the State of South Carolina have a legal responsibility to monitor every nursing facility. If serious violations are identified, the governments can impose monetary fines or deny payments through Medicare if the resident was harmed or could have been harmed by the deficiency. Over the last three years, surveyors have fined this nursing facility twice including one fine for $110,884 on September 22, 2016, and another $6766 fine on October 5, 2017. Additional information about fines and penalties can be found on the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control website concerning Magnolia Manor-Inman.Inman South Carolina Resident Patient Safety Concerns
Families can visit Medicare.gov to obtain a complete list of all dangerous hazards, health violations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, opened investigations, and filed complaints that are regularly updated by the state of South Carolina and the federal government. Families can use this information to formulate a make a well-informed decision of which nursing facilities in the community provides the highest level of care.
Currently, Magnolia Manor - Inman maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other nursing homes nationwide. This rating includes one of five stars for health inspection problems, three of five stars for staffing issues, and three of five stars for quality measures. The Spartanburg County nursing home neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have many safety concerns, deficiencies, and violations at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Residents Appropriate Treatment to Prevent the Development of a New Bedsore or Allow an Existing Pressure Wound to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated October 5, 2017, the state investigator documented the facility's failure "to provide privacy/dignity by not closing the doors or pulling curtains prior to treatment, handwashing not done from the soiled utility room before entering the resident's room and donning gloves to complete a procedure for [a resident]." An observation was made of the Assistant Director of Nursing who "was serving as the current Wound Nurse." The Assistant Director entered the resident's room and explained the procedure. However, "the nurse did not close the door nor pull the curtain's around the resident's bed. The resident in the next bed watched the entire procedure. The nurse then cleaned off the table, placed a barrier, and set up supplies. The area was cleaned with normal saline and gauze properly. The wound was the size of a dime with pink tissue around the wound with no exudates."
After the procedure was over, "the nurse left the soil utility room without washing or sanitizing her hands, went back to the resident's room and donned gloves to remove soiled linen into a plastic bag, remove soiled gloves and wash hands, took the plastic back to the soil utility room for disposal into the barrel. The nurse went to another room to wash hands."
The state investigator interviewed the Assistant Director of Nursing who confirmed that they "had failed to close the door and pull the curtain before the procedure [and also confirmed that they did not wash hands after placing the plastic bag into the trash barrel and before donning gloves back in the resident's room." The investigator reviewed the facility's resident's Rights Policy that read in part:
"The environment should be one that is respectful of the patient's dignity. The environment that preserves dignity and contributes to a positive self-image." The wound care policy documented that the nursing staff should "wash hands before and after donning gloves."
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated May 20, 2015, the state investigator conducting an annual licensure and certification survey documented that the facility's failure to "wash/sanitize hands between multiple blood changes during wound care/peri care for [a resident] and contaminated supplies being replaced in the supply cart."
The state investigator observed wound care and peri care "performed by the Wound Nurse and Director of Nursing." The observation revealed "multiple blood changes during the procedure without washing/sanitizing hands between the changes. The Wound Nurse prepared and set up the overbed table placing supplies on the barrier on the table. After the table set up, the nurse assisted the Director of Nursing to turn the resident to the left side. The nurse removed [their] gloves and applied new gloves. The nurse cleaned the wound area, removed [their] gloves and applied new gloves." The documentation then revealed that the Wound Nurse applied medication "to the wound, removed gloves and applied new gloves."
The Director of Nursing then performed peri care." At this time, "gloves were removed, new gloves [were] applied before both nurses changed the resident's brief. The Wound Nurse removed [their] gloves, gathered up all the wound supplies, opened the room door, opened the car doors/drawers located in the hall, place supplies in the cart, returned to the resident's bathroom and washed [their] hands."
The state investigator interviewed the Director of Nursing and the Wound Nurse after the procedure. Both nurses "confirmed the Wound Nurse took supplies out of the cart before washing [their] hands after removing gloves. The Director also confirmed that both of them changed her gloves without washing/sanitizing her hands multiple times during the wound care and peri care." The investigator reviewed the facility's policy titled: Performing a Dressing Change that revealed: "wash hands before and after donning gloves."
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident, the Resident's Doctor or Family Members of a Change in the Resident's Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 22, 2016, the state investigator conducting an annual survey documented that the facility "failed to notify the resident's family and physician of a change in [the resident's) status. The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved a resident who "was found in a locked janitor's closet after being missing for approximately 4.5 hours. Facility staff failed to follow the facility's policy for missing residents."
The investigator also documented that the "Administrator, Director of Nursing, Responsible Party, sheriff's office and physician were not notified timely that the resident was missing. Housekeeping staff failed to notify their supervisor or maintenance that the locking mechanism on the janitors' closet on the unit was not working properly."
As a part of the investigation, it was revealed that the Administrator, Director of Nursing, and the Assistant Director of Nursing "arrived at the facility to assist with the search for the resident. Local law enforcement was made aware of the situation along with the resident's responsible party. The search for [the resident] continued until 3:30 AM when the resident was located in the janitor's closet. The synopsis indicated the identified door mechanism was immediately repaired and subsequently replaced. A list of chemicals present in the closet was completed at the time the resident was discovered. The items included Emerald floor wax, Wiwax cleaning and maintenance, and Airx disinfectant cleaner."
- Failure to Ensure That Services Provided by the Nursing Staff Meet Professional Standards of Quality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 22, 2016, the state investigator documented the facility's failure "to ensure that the services provided by the facility met professional standards of care." The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved a resident who "was found in a locked janitor's closet after being missing for approximately 4.5 hours. The facility staff failed to follow facility policy for missing residents."
- Failure to Provide Necessary Services and Care to Ensure That the Resident Maintains Their Highest Well-Being
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated October 4, 2015, the state surveying team noted the facility's failure "to provide pain management to [a resident] reviewed for pain." The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved a resident who "did not have pain medication available in a timely manner after admission to the facility." The investigator reviewed the resident's Hospital Progress Notes that revealed that the resident "underwent surgical procedures to the abdominal wall abscess" in an area measuring "30.0 cm x 12.0 cm, with a surgical incision 17.0 cm in length."
The resident's Pain Evaluation Assessment indicated that the resident "had pain frequently over the past five days. The section of the pain evaluation asking the resident to rate [their] pain was not completed. The pain evaluation indicated the resident had vocal complaints of pain, specifically, incisional pain." The resident indicated they had "a pain score of eight of 10 out of a 0-10 pain scale." During an interview with the resident, the surveyor was told that the resident had a 10 of 10 pain rating on the pain scale. The resident stated that they had received "pain medication in the hospital around 12:30 PM" the previous day "and did not receive pain medication in the facility until 2:00 AM today."
The resident also stated that "the facility did not have [their] pain medication in the facility until then. The resident said [they] were upset that the facility took so long to get [their] pain medication because [they] had been taking pain medication every 3 to 4 hours in the hospital." The resident stated that it felt like their "pain level was so high at this time because [they] had gone 13 hours without any pain medication and it was taking longer to get under control because of that."
The state investigator interviewed the facility Director of Nursing, Nurse Consultant and Nursing Home Administrator concerning the incident. The Director of Nursing stated that "the facility was implementing a staff box for controlled medications to ensure there would be no future delays for residents needing narcotic pain medication. The Nurse Consultant confirmed the admission pain evaluation was incomplete."
- Failure to Provide Care to Residents in a Way That Keeps or Builds Their Dignity and Respect of Individuality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated October 4, 2017, the state investigator document at the facility's failure "to promote resident dignity during [two] meals observed. Staff members were observed entering rooms to deliver food trays without knocking." The investigator reviewed the facility's policies and procedures that stated that "it was the procedure for staff to knock on the resident's door, identify themselves, and request permission to enter before doing so."
Our South Carolina nursing home abuse attorneys can assist you in providing legal options on how to handle your case involving negligence, abuse or mistreatment of a loved one in a nursing facility including at Magnolia Manor - Inman. If your loved one was harmed or died unexpectedly from unacceptable actions of the nursing staff while living in a nursing facility in Spartanburg County, you have legal rights to ensure justice. We invite you to contact the Inman nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 today to schedule a free, no-obligation case review to discuss a financial compensation lawsuit.
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