The single-story Life Care Center is seen Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Kirkland, Wash. Staff members who worked while sick at multiple long-term care facilities contributed to the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable elderly in the Seattle area, federal health officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) SEATTLE — Federal inspectors said Monday they found three serious problems during their check of a Seattle-area nursing home hard-hit by the coronavirus.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, along with state regulators, announced the preliminary results from the March 16 inspection.
They found that the Life Care Center of Kirkland failed to rapidly identify and manage sick residents; failed to notify the Washington Department of Health about the increasing rate of respiratory infections among residents; and failed to have a backup plan in the absence of Life Care’s primary clinician, who fell ill.
Each of those problems placed residents in “immediate jeopardy,” the inspectors said.
At least 35 deaths have been linked to the COVID-19 outbreak at the Life Care Center. Life Care did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
“The coronavirus outbreak at Life Care was an unprecedented situation for the state of Washington,” Washington Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Cheryl Strange said in a written statement. “We have worked closely with our federal partners over the last several weeks to determine what lead to the outbreak there and what contributed to its spread throughout the facility.”
State regulators are now visiting all of Washington’s nursing homes to ensure they have proper infection controls, she said.According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 147 nursing homes across 27 states have at […]