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Bayshore corrects Health Department sanctions

A Duluth nursing facility has been sanctioned after an inspector found a variety of shortcomings, including the way bed sores and incontinence were treated regarding some residents.

But Mike Bosley, administrator of Bayshore Residence and Rehabilitation Center on Park Point, said all of the faults were shown to be corrected during a follow-up visit last week.

The problems turned up in what the Minnesota Department of Health calls a “standard survey” on Dec. 19 and an “abbreviated standard survey” on Jan. 13, according to a letter to Bosley dated Jan. 15 from Mark Meath, a Health Department enforcement specialist.

The information was posted on the Health Department’s website on Monday.

The inspection results were sent to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency responsible for reimbursing facilities that treat Medicare and Medicaid recipients.

The facility was given three months to make corrections or be denied Medicare and Medicare payments for any new admissions. That sanction was to go into effect on Wednesday. Although Bosley said the follow-up visit showed the required corrections had been made, the Health Department hadn’t yet processed the paperwork, he said.

Among the “deficiencies” cited by the inspector:

-- Some residents with pressure sores weren’t repositioned in a timely way.

-- Some residents were not provided with the incontinence care and help with toileting specified in their care plans.

-- When one resident’s medication plan was changed, the first 16 doses of an aspiring regimen were missed.

-- An employee failed to take proper precautions when working with a resident who had a staphylococcus infection.

-- Some rooms had broken veneer on doors and windows, missing or peeling wallpaper and unclean surfaces on bathrooms and floors.

None of the deficiencies constituted a level at which immediate acton was required, Meath’s letter said. If they had, sanctions would have gone into effect without Bayshore being given the opportunity to make corrections.

The facility has 140 beds and had 126 occupants at the time of the January inspection.