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Kansas nursing home with 15 virus deaths allowed aide to work while ill

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Kansas nursing home with 15 virus deaths allowed aide to work while ill

PRAIRIE VILLAGE — A suburban Kansas City nursing home with 81 coronavirus cases and 15 deaths allowed a nurse’s aide to work despite having symptoms of the illness, a new state report shows.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services cited Brighton Gardens in Prairie Village, Kansas, on May 11 after finding that it placed residents in “immediate jeopardy related to the spread of COVID-19.”

Records obtained by The Kansas City Star show that the aide recorded having positive symptoms of COVID-19 on a screening form on April 16 and April 17 but was still allowed to care for residents in seven rooms. The employee, along with three residents, then tested positive for COVID-19 on April 22.

The documents also cited issues with improper use of personal protective equipment and inadequate cleaning. Additionally, a staff member said that sometimes the person taking employees’ temperatures at the start of each shift “did not wipe off the temporal thermometer before taking the next person’s,” the records said.

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The “Immediate Jeopardy” tag, which is the most severe citation, describes a provider’s noncompliance that “has caused or is likely to cause serious injury, harm, impairment, or death to a resident,” according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The tag was removed after the facility addressed concerns related to the screening of employees for COVID-19.

Denise Falco, regional vice president of operations for Sunrise Senior Living, which owns Brighton Gardens, said Thursday evening in an emailed statement that it “swiftly” took steps to retrain staff on screening protocols.

“We take our responsibility to our residents seriously and move decisively whenever improvements may be needed,” she said.Meanwhile, Kansas […]

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