Any spread of infection in an Illinois nursing facility could be detrimental to one or more residents. Unfortunately, many facilities fail to properly train the nursing staff to follow procedures and protocols enforced by nursing home regulatory agencies to minimize the potential spread of dangerous contaminants and infections. Sadly, the Belleville elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the victims suffered life-threatening changes to their medical condition caused by an infection that could have been prevented had the staff follow protocols.
Bria of Belleville
Bria of Belleville is a 140-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating for-profit nursing facility providing services to residents of Belleville and St. Clair County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
150 N. 27th St.
Belleville, IL 62226
in addition to providing skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services, the facility also provides STRIVE physical, speech and occupational therapies, and around-the-clock nursing care along with comprehensive medical services.
Belleville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the public receives the most current information on nursing facilities throughout the U.S., both the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home database systems. The historical data can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Bria of Belleville maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system. This includes three out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections. Our Belleville nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous filed complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Physician or Responsible Party of Any Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/26/2016, during a federal oversight and support survey, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “notify the physician” of a change in a resident’s condition. The deficient practice was a part of an investigation involving a resident whose 03/17/2016 Urine Culture Report revealed the resident had “Proteus Mirabilis Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamases (ESBL) that “confirmed ESBL producing organisms,” which are enzymes (chemicals) that can be generated by bacteria and germs that are typically highly resistant to antibiotics.
The resident’s Urine Culture Report documented “two handwritten, undated, untimed notes documented on the lab result [indicating] ‘called Medical Doctor, awaiting call back.” Additional notes indicate “a third handwritten, undated note documented on [the resident’s] lab results state: ‘call Medical Director, 7:06 PM-awaiting return call.” The notation also indicates “a fourth handwritten note on [the resident’s] lab results documenting ‘called Medical Director, left message 03/18/2016” one day after the results were received. The final notation revealed “a fifth handwritten note on [the resident’s] lab results documenting ‘03/21/2016 call to Medical Director, 10:50 AM. orders received.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at 10:00 AM on 05/24/2016 who stated that the Medical Director “is sometimes hard to get a hold on and [another] Medical Director, is who the facility would call if they couldn’t get a hold of the resident’s primary physician.”
As a part of the investigation, it was noted that the deficient practice of the nursing staff at Bria of Belleville failed to follow state and federal nursing home regulatory guidelines and the facility’s June 2015 policy titled: Physician Notification that reads in part:
“To provide a policy for notification of the physician in a reasonable time for physician response.”
In a non-emergent, but acute medical situation, the physician will be paged and if there is no return call and 15 minutes, the physician will be notified again. If there is no return call in five minutes, the Medical Director will be notified.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident in Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/04/2013, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "implement safety measures [for two residents at the facility] who were reviewed for falls.”
One failure by the nursing staff at Bria of Belleville was noted at 2:00 PM on 10/03/2013 during an observation of a resident who was “lying asleep in a low PVC bed with mat on the floor and alarm in place.” The resident “had a three-inch in diameter black purplish area above her left eye with multiple steri-strips and bruising under the left eye.”
The investigator noted that the resident’s 09/03/2012 MDS (Minimum Data Set) documents that the resident “has a history of falls, has a diagnosis of dementia, is cognitively impaired and requires assistance for transfers.” The resident’s 09/23/2015 Fall Risk Assessment documents that the resident “has had multiple falls” and the facility’s Unusual Occurrence Tracking Log documents that the resident “had eight falls from 05/28/2013 to 09/22/2013. All falls document [that the resident] had tried to transfer self either in the bathroom or out of bed.” The investigator noted that there was a lack of interventions involving a change in the resident’s Plan of Care to eliminate the potential of falling.
Belleville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has been injured through infections, abuse or neglect while residing at Bria of Belleville or any Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate legal action to stop the negligence now. Our Belleville Illinois nursing home abuse law firm accepts all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements, so no upfront fees are required. contact our St. Clair elder abuse attorneys today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free consultation today.