State: Nursing home residents must be moved due to violations | Connecticut News


WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut health officials ordered the immediate transfer of all 94 residents of a Wallingford nursing home to other care centers after discovering dangerous safety breaches during a investigation prompted by the deaths of two residents, according to the state Department of Public Service. Health.

Department Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani issued the order at the Quinnipiac Valley Center on Monday. The agency cited significant infection control issues, medication errors, failure to report adverse incidents, and a lack of competent leadership and staff training.

Juthani said inspectors found seven cases of “immediate danger”, meaning patients’ lives were at risk. She said the nursing home had repeatedly failed to correct the problems. Inspections began Feb. 10 in response to a complaint about the deaths of two patients, health officials said.

“Seven instances of immediate danger are unprecedented in Connecticut and absolutely unacceptable,” Juthani said in a statement.

The Quinnipiac Valley Center is owned by Genesis HealthCare, which is based in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and operates nearly 250 skilled nursing centers and senior living communities in 22 states.

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Genesis said in a statement that the Quinnipiac Valley Center is “committed to the safety and well-being of our patients and residents” and is cooperating with a temporary director assigned to the nursing home to transfer all residents and patients. The company did not directly address the violations cited by state officials or say when the home will reopen to residents.

The causes of the two resident deaths were not disclosed. Christopher Boyle, a spokesperson for the Department of Public Health, said they were not linked to COVID-19.

Two deaths at home between Jan. 19 and Feb. 1 were related to COVID-19, state records show. Since Jan. 19, seven patients and 10 staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus, records show.

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