Rhode Island Nursing Homes Cited by State

wheelchairOf 90 nursing homes in Rhode Island, 59 have been cited by the Health Department for problems that range from minor deficiencies to life-threatening errors. A local TV station (WJAR-TV) reviewed hundreds of pages of deficiency reports issued by the Department of Health. The problems cited included failure to remove medication patches from patients, complaints of bed sores, and errors pertaining to diet and nutrition. One incident resulted in a patient overdose. According to the reports, a rehabilitation center in Pawtuxet was found to have “a 19.5 percent medication error rate. The department also said a resident was placed in a wheelchair without a safety belt and fell out of the chair, fracturing her right arm. And allegations of overdosing date back eight years.” Click here to read the WJAR-TV report.