Report breaches of details to Archdale Nursing Home

ARCHDALE, NC (WGHP) — A 140-page report from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services details 19 substantiated complaints against Westwood Health and Rehabilitation in Archdale.

There have been three situations where state officials have deemed conditions put residents in “immediate danger” related to wound care at the Ashland Avenue facility.

A state investigative team found that staff did not notify doctors of changes in wound care and did not perform weekly skin scans to assess patients, and that administrators did not not ensured adequate supervision with regard to wound care.

An unannounced recertification survey was conducted from March 28-31.

State officials report that a woman recovering from hip surgery did not remove her staples as instructed. She was taken to hospital after a change of consciousness. The report alleges that staff members failed to monitor for signs of infection.

Another woman reportedly had heel necrosis, which could have been avoided by weekly evaluation.

Other violations inside the establishment concerned the hygiene of the patients. A woman received a single shower from March 1 to March 29. According to her personal care records, she received bed baths instead of two showers per week.

At least four patients were observed with overgrown or dirty fingernails, some with a black substance underneath.

Westwood and Consulate Health officials did not respond to our requests to respond to the breaches.

In a correction plan, Westwood told the state that all patients had been evaluated for changes in condition as of April 8.

The nurse manager, executive director and other staff will observe staff and conduct random quality reviews.

The nurse manager also trained staff members on proper wound care.

According to the report, an ad hoc quality assurance performance improvement committee would also review several plans on April 28.

All immediate danger violations were removed on April 9.

You can read the full report here.

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