State: Nursing Home Skipped Medications

DANIELSON, Conn. (AP) _ State health officials have fined a Danielson nursing home for failing to provide patients with prescribed doses of medication for heart disease, dementia and other conditions.

The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/rcsru1 ) that inspectors at Regency Heights, a 190-bed facility, listed 18 patients who received only a portion of the drugs prescribed to them over the previous three to four months. Several hundred doses had been omitted from treatment.

The Public Health Department fined Regency Heights $3,000, the maximum for a class B violation, which is a condition that presents “a probability of death or serious harm in the reasonably foreseeable future.”

In a statement, the center said its own internal investigation uncovered concerns about the administration of medication. The center said it notified the Department of Health and cooperated in the state’s investigation.
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Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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