Nursing home patients were exposed to a scabies outbreak, leading to a survey inspection and fine. The nursing home was rated with an “L”, the lowest ranking in deficiencies, citing immediate jeopardy for patients in the facility. Initial patients infected with scabies were not quarantined to prevent spread of the skin infestation.
Nurses also contracted scabies from the patients and spread it to family members outside the facility. They were told not to document and leave a paper trail of treatment of the highly contagious skin condition. The facility was fined more than $150,000 for the uncontrolled outbreak. For more, read the story.