On Monday, Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey, was fined $600,000 after 11 children died and 36 became sick during a viral outbreak in fall 2018 after federal inspectors found widespread substandard care at the facility. Wanaque Center is home to more than 50 children with disabilities and medical conditions that require ventilators, in addition to 150 other vulnerable children and seniors.
September 2018, the facility had an adenovirus outbreak, a virus
typically marked by cold and flu-like symptoms. In this case, according
the adenovirus strain was particularly difficult to treat and proved
deadly to Wanaque Center’s residents who were not given proper care
during the outbreak, according to a federal report. The first child died
on Oct. 9, 2018. An additional 10 children died from the adenovirus
outbreak by mid-November.
to NorthJersey.com, federal investigators from the Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services, which oversees nursing facilities, found
“lapses in hand-washing and infection control, substandard care, a lack
of involvement by the medical director, and poor oversight by the
facility’s administration.” They also noted that the virus proved deadly
due to a “failure to provide timely interventions and care.” This led
to the $600,000 fine, which advocates say is “meaningful” in the state.
Speaking with NJ.com
anonymously, Wanaque Center nurses working at the center were told to
delay sending sick children to the hospital for days after they spiked
high fevers in excess of 103 or 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Children were
treated with antibiotics that often didn’t work while the facility
turned up the air conditioning and administered Tylenol and Motrin to
try and bring their fevers down instead of immediately sending them to
were sent to the hospital went after a week of high fevers. Several died
within hours of their arrival at the hospital. Others, according to
NorthJersey.com, came back from the hospital with a new tracheostomy
to improve breathing as a result of the delay in getting proper
treatment. These claims were also reported in the federal investigator’s
report, though Andrew P. Aronson, an attorney for Wanaque, told
investigators the child was expected to get a tracheostomy before
contracting the virus.
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N.J. Nursing Home Fined $600,000 After 11 Children With Disabilities Died During a Viral Outbreak