Connecticut fines 7 nursing homes for lapses in care

The Connecticut Department of Public Health fined seven nursing homes for lapses in care that led to patient harm or endangerment, according to The Middletown Press.

Among the fined nursing homes was Canaan, Conn.-based Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which was fined $10,000 after a resident with dementia inappropriately touched four other residents. The center documented the four incidents between Feb. 28 and March 11, 2019, but did not put the patient on one-on-one supervision until April 2.

"We keep the health and safety of our residents as our number one priority," said Geer administrator Robert Powers. Geer disagrees with the state's findings and appealed the fine but ultimately paid $10,000, Mr. Powers said. The facility is also appealing a $21,000 fine from CMS.

Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Storrs, Conn., was also fined. The center paid $3,060 after a resident received 10 times the ordered dose of morphine sulfate. The event was due to "human error," according to administrator Jim Fidanza, who added that the center has since conducted an investigation into the incident and implemented an action plan to prevent future incidents of overmedication.

The five other nursing homes were fined for issues ranging from resident falls to patient threats from a nurse demanding money.

Click here to read about the five other Connecticut nursing homes fined by the state.

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