Facility Gets Second 'Type A' Citation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - For the second time, the state has issued a "Type A" citation to Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. It came after a resident who had become dehydrated at the nursing home died of renal failure on April eighth, two days after being hospitalized.

The citation is the most serious type the state issues. It was issued April 26 the and accuses the center of placing the resident's life in immediate jeopardy when it failed to monitor fluid intake and failed in March to assure lab tests were conducted.

Baptist C-E-O Robert Long says he plans to appeal the citation, but acknowledged that there were failures in the home's system of care. According to the citation, the center's medical director admitted the facility "dropped the ball" in letting the resident become dehydrated.

The first "Type A" citation this year against the center was issued on March 16th, after a resident went four days without food or water because no one noticed that his feeding tube bottle needed changing.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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