SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) Government sanctions were imposed against a nursing home Thursday for substandard care.
Westview Health Care Center was found to have 15 deficiencies during an unannounced state inspection, said Kay Wagner of the Wyoming Department of Healths Office of Health Quality.
The deficiencies caused Westview to lose federal funding for new admissions and the authority to train nursing assistants for two years, Wagner said.
Westviews executive director, Jean Zerwas, said the nursing home corrected all the deficiencies by June 25.
A follow-up inspection is expected, which could restore funding but not the nurse training program, Wagner said.
These are serious issues, she said. If these deficiencies are not corrected, the facility could lose its state license and the federal government could terminate the facility from the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
During the May 25 inspection, state officials found problems with infection control, distribution of medications, personal hygiene and dietary requirements, Wagner said.
Many of the deficiencies involved dietary problems, she said.
For example, diabetics received inadequate nutrition, kitchen appliances were not clean, refrigerator temperatures were too warm for safe food storage and outdated food was served, she said.
One patient lost 13.6 pounds in slightly less than three months, but the nursing home failed to intervene, she said.
Also, the facility failed to investigate a nurses report that a resident had bruising around her vaginal area; and a male resident being transferred within the facility had his genitals and buttocks exposed, Wagner said.
Westview is the only facility among the 39 nursing homes in Wyoming that received a substandard rating this year, Wagner said.
Other problems included lack of care plans for nurses, failure to properly cleanse residents after urinary or fecal accidents, failure to care for residents at risk of developing pressure sores, lack of monitoring of patient medications and failure to have a dietitian on staff, she said.
In a statement to the Sheridan Press, Zerwas said Westview has been providing excellent care for nearly 12 years.
And we wish to assure the citizens of this community that they can expect the same excellent care and services at Westview that have always been available, she said.
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