Mount Olive Nursing Home Fined After Hepatitis Deaths
Posted on Jul 29, 2011
A North Carolina nursing home has been fined $16,000 by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services after an investigation revealed that the staff was spreading hepatitis to at least eight patients by reusing medical equipment.
According to local news sources, the Glen Care nursing home in Mount Olive suffered a hepatitis outbreak among its elderly residents. Eight residents were infected and six died of hepatitis-related conditions and health problems. An investigation by the Center for Disease Control found that the infections were caused by a lack of vigilance among staff members regarding medical tests. Authorities believe that the Glen Care staff was neglecting to change or clean equipment when administering blood sugar tests on patients with a diabetes pen.
According to North Carolina safety officials, the nursing home has received the letter regarding the fine and has sixty days to appeal the decision. The committee that reviewed the fine unanimously decided to punish the nursing home for its health and safety violations.
After the violations were pinpointed, Glen Care was given a week to implement a new safety plan that would correct the issues that caused the deadly outbreak of disease. The nursing home initially denied that their negligence had caused the spread of infection.