Deadline for home's correction plan looming

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A report released by the state's Health Department outlines three "deficiencies" turned up by inspectors during an unannounced visit to Craig's Valley View Manor last month.

The facility has until May 12 to submit a plan of correction for each deficiency, said Jean-Marie Regan, public information officer with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's health facilities division.

Areas cited in the April 16 inspection fall under categories of "resident assessment" and "quality of care," according to findings released Thursday.

For one of 10 residents sampled by inspectors, the facility allegedly failed to accurately assess and record that individual's ability to perform various functions.

"Without an accurate assessment of the capabilities of the resident, it was difficult to determine if the needs of the resident were being met ...," reads the report.

The unannounced visit included record reviews, and interviews with residents and staff.

A second violation allegedly involved a resident not sampled as part of the inspection.

One observer stated that a nurse took a blood sample from a resident "while not wearing gloves," while uncapping the needle on a syringe "with her teeth," according to the report.

The alleged act wasn't "consistent with accepted professional standards of medical practice," the report states.

Thirdly, the facility allegedly failed to ensure that a resident deemed to be unsafe while smoking was not provided with cigarettes and a lighter, creating potential for that person "to be burned or start a fire."

Colorado elderly care facilities received unannounced inspections once every nine to 15 months, leading on average to five or six deficiencies, officials have said.

The April 16 inspection was Valley View's first since being found in compliance in December with federal Medicare and Medicaid guidelines. State officials had threatened to close the facility after a November inspection turned up 16 deficiencies.

"We've seen significant improvement from the November visit to the facility," said Jane Hermanson, program manager of the health department's long-term care division.

Valley View Manor is home to more than 40 elderly residents.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com

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