Many residents in nursing facilities require an indwelling urinary catheter as a way to void their urine due to medical complications or a change in their health condition. However, even though the resident might be admitted to the facility with a catheter, often times, no other appropriate measures are taken to ensure that the catheter is still required days, weeks or months after admission. Unfortunately, the Roselle elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who suffer long-term injury caused by the unnecessary use of indwelling urinary catheters.
Long-term use of urinary catheters can produce a variety of serious life-threatening complications including:
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
- Physical injuries including attempting to walk, and falling
- Injury caused by the insertion of the indwelling catheter into the resident’s bladder
- Blood in the resident’s urine
- Bladder stones
Abbington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
Abbington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is a for-profit 82-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility providing services to residents of Roselle and DuPage and Cook counties. The Center is located at:
31 West Central
Roselle, Illinois 60172
In addition to round-the-clock skilled nursing care, Abbington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center provides short term and long term care, respite, and hospice care.
Roselle Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
On an annual basis, federal and state nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their databases on facility information and post the results on numerous websites including Medicare.gov. The data includes information on opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints on every nursing facility across the United States.
Currently, Abbington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system. This includes three out of five stars for health concerns and two out of five stars for both staffing issues and quality measures. Our Roselle nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving this facility. Two of these concerns include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident Proper Services to Prevent the Development of Urinary Tract Infections
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/05/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "provide justification for the use of indwelling catheters utilized by residents.” In addition, the state investigator also noted Abbington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center’s failure “to follow the facility’s policies for incontinence care.”
One failure was first noted by the state investigator after an initial tour of the facility at 10:43 AM on 11/02/2015 where a resident was observed in bed and “had a urinary catheter bag hanging at [their] bedside.” Approximately one hour later in the conference room, the facility’s Registered Nurse/MDS Coordinator stated that the resident “returned from the hospital [on] 10/26/2015 and verified [that the resident] continues to utilize the indwelling urinary catheter and no attempt [has been made] to justify the use of the catheter was conducted.” The investigator also noted that no trials or procedures had been conducted since the resident was admitted to the facility “to justify the [continued] use of the catheter.” In addition, the resident’s “Care Plan approaches do not include assessing [the resident] and the use of the catheter.” The resident’s October 20, 2015 Nursing – Bowel and Bladder Assessment revealed that the resident “had never had a urologist consult and had not had any voiding trials attempted.”
- Failure to Ensure Every Resident’s Has a Written Plan of Care by a Qualified Individual
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/14/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "administer [a resident] prescribed medications [in accordance with physician’s orders] three times a day.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Abbington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center affected one resident at the facility “receiving anti-anxiety medication.”
The failure was first noted after review of the resident’s physician’s orders and the 10/21/2015 Controlled Substances Proof Abuse (pink sheet) that revealed that the resident was receiving their medication “twice a day instead of three times” in violation of the physician’s orders. In addition, while the refill of the resident’s anti-anxiety medication “was sent [to the pharmacist] on 08/20/2015, 90 tablets, good for an entire month” the refill prescription was not received back at the facility “until 10/04/2015” and that no medication was “dispensed for the month of September 2015.
Roselle Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered a bladder injury caused by a urinary tract infection or an indwelling urinary catheter while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Abbington Rehab and Nursing Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our team of dedicated DuPage County elder abuse attorneys can provide a variety of legal options on how to seek financial compensation and hold those responsible for the harm legally accountable.
To successfully resolve your financial recompense case, we urge you to contact our Roselle Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation to discuss the merits of your claim. All information you provide our law firm remains confidential. We accept wrongful death lawsuits, nursing home neglect cases and personal injury claims for compensation on contingency, meaning you do not pay for our legal fees unless we negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf or win your case at trial.