PDF vs. TIF, Which Format Do I Use: All the inspection reports obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune are offered in PDF format. Users of Internet Explorer or Safari can view PDFs with their Web browser by clicking directly on the link. We are offering TIF versions, useful for downloading to our desktop, for select reports as they were provided to us by the Utah Department of Health. Download these to your desktop by executing a right-click and 'Save Target As.." with the link on PCs, or a "Save Linked File to the Desktop' for Mac users.
Reading The Reports: These reports, based on on-site inspections of Utah nursing homes by the state Department of health, may look daunting or overly technical, but are actually pretty easy to navigate. Here is a guide to finding the information you need.
The Two Columns: The left side is a description of the violation and the right side is the response from the nursing home.
How to Identify the Most Severe Violations: Each violation
is given a “scope and severity” grade that is found next to the
title of the deficiency. It looks like this: SS=D.
Grades A through F do not involve harm. Grades G through I involve actual harm but the residents are no longer in jeopardy. Grades J through L involve actual harm where the residents remain in immediate jeopardy.
Finding the Summary: Each violation is summarized in a paragraph
that starts like this “This REQUIREMENT is not met as evidenced by...”
The next few sentences will give you a good idea what inspectors found.