Nursing home infested with bedbugs

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Oasis Residential Home on Prince Street in Georgetown received an unannounced inspection by the state Bureau of Health Facilities Licensing (S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control) Aug. 13 after the bureau received an anonymous complaint.

The Aug. 7 complaint alleged there were bedbugs at the facility. According to Mark Plowden, communications director, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, once the department receives a complaint it sends an inspector to make an unannounced visit within 24 to 48 hours.

The facility owner, Mazie Graham, told the inspector that bedbugs had been observed “approximately six months ago.”

According to the report, “the facility began actively treating the bedbugs with a powder on the beds and around crevices located in the rooms. The facility also used a steam treatment on the mattresses and on the walls of the rooms affected. The facility has encased the mattresses in plastic wrap.”

Graham told the inspector that they had washed all clothing and bed linens or the residents in hot water but had not contacted any professional exterminator service at the time of the inspection.

The inspector reports that “at the time of the inspection, bugs were observed crawling in resident beds and on walls of several rooms. … The inspector also observed numerous dead bugs on the bottom of the mattresses and on bed linens.”

A Plan of Correction is due by Aug. 28.

According to the report, the facility has violated the Standards for Licensing Community Residential Care Facilities: 25A S.C. Code Ann. Regs 61-84 (Supp. 2008).

R-61-84-1703: The facility and its grounds shall be neat, uncluttered, clean, and free of vermin and offensive odors.

This is a Class II Violation which is defined by the Code of Regulations as violations “that the Department determines to have a negative impact on health, safety or well-being of persons in the facility.”

According to the regulations the citation of a Class II violation shall carry a time limit for the violation to be corrected with each day that the violation exists after the time limit considered a subsequent violation. A Class II violation carries a fine ranging from $300 to $800 for the first offense.

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