Five Connecticut nursing homes have been fined for violations that jeopardized residents’ safety.
The state Department of Public Health (DPH) fined Amberwoods of Farmington $9,060 following an incident in which a resident threatened to slit another resident’s throat with a butter knife, according to the Hartford Courant.
On Feb. 6, a resident with dementia and depression entered another resident’s room with a knife and made a threatening gesture to cut the resident’s neck with a butter knife and drink the blood, according to the DPH citation. A nurse aide in the room tried to take the knife but the resident put the knife under a cushion. A nurse was called and retrieved the knife. Following the incident, police, family members and administrators were notified and the resident who was threatened received emotional support, the citation states.
About an hour after the incident, the resident who made the threat was placed on one-to-one supervision, which was to remain in effect until the resident was transported to a hospital. But a shift nurse later that day removed the one-on-one supervision “due to inadequate staffing” and no other safety precautions were put in place, according to the citation.
The citation said that prior to the threatening incident the resident with dementia and depression was found “obtaining and holding knives and hitting the walls with a knife and grabbing knives off the silverware cart” on Jan. 13, Jan. 21, Jan. 29 and Jan. 31. No interventions were implemented to the resident’s care plan, DPH said.
Read the full story at the Hartford Courant.