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Bria Nursing Home Belleville IL

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 regulatory agencies to minimize the potential spread of dangerous contaminants and infections.

Sadly, the Belleville personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC 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 followed protocols.

Do you suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect while residing at Bria of Belleville? Contact our elder care abuse attorneys at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation.

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Bria of Belleville

Bria of Belleville is a Medicaid/Medicare-participant for-profit nursing facility (not a continuing care retirement community) with 140 total beds providing services to residents of Belleville and St. Clair County, Illinois. The facility is located at:

150 N. 27th St.
Belleville, IL 62226
(618) 235-6600
Website: https://briahs.com/location/belleville/

In addition to providing skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services, the facility provides physical, speech, and occupational therapies, around-the-clock nursing care, and comprehensive medical services.

Belleville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns

To ensure the public receives the most current information on nursing facilities throughout the US, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing facility database systems. The historical data can be found on numerous websites, including Medicare.gov.

Bria of Belleville maintains a one out of an overall five-star rating in the national Medicare ratings summary system. This includes one out of five stars for staffing issues and health inspections and three out of five stars for both quality measures.

Our Belleville, IL nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous filed complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:

Failure to Provide and Implement an Infection Prevention and Control Program – Deficiency #F0880

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated April 26, 2022, during breakfast service in the dining room, the Bria of Belleville cook and dietary aide "changed from surgical masks to N95 masks." The dietary manager told the state investigator that the N95 masks are "just for employees who have not had all of their vaccines yet."

The State investigator interviewed the Infection Control Prevention personnel, who stated, "all unvaccinated staff must always wear N95 masks and face shields or goggles while providing care in the facility. If staff is fully vaccinated with the booster (3rd shot), they may wear a surgical mask and fascial to but only if vaccinated."

A review of the Bria of Belleville Vaccination for Staff Members Policy revised in February 2022 indicated that "as a condition of employment, and [per]patient safety standards, mandates that all employees participate in the Covid-19 vaccination policy program or complete a statement of declination if the vaccine is medically contraindicated or due to a severe allergy, or because of religious beliefs."

Failure to Protect Each Resident From all Types of Abuse Such as Physical, Mental, Sexual Abuse, Physical Punishment, and Neglect by Anybody – Deficiency #F0600

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated April 11, 2022, the state investigator determined that Bria of Belleville "failed to ensure residents are free from verbal abuse."

The investigator reviewed a resident's MDS (Minimum Data Set), revealing the resident "is alert and able to make her needs known." On April 6, 2022, the resident stated that she heard a female staff member yelling down the hallway for a certified nursing assistant while he was in a room providing care to this resident's roommate.

Verbal Abuse Scares Resident

The unknown female Bria of Belleville staff member was yelling and cursing loudly down the hall for the CNA to come to assist her. The resident stated that she heard the woman say, "Goddammit, where are you? You are supposed to be f******" helping me with this s***."

The resident stated that she spoke to the former Director of Nursing about what she had heard, and they told her that she was unaware of who the female staff member was yelling and cursing but that she felt unsafe because she believed that the CNA would be that female staffer up.

An interview with the Bria of Belleville certified nursing assistant working at that time stated that he was taking care of the residents when a registered nurse yelled in the hallway because she wanted him to come to help her move a resident from one room to another." The certified nursing assistant told the nurse that he was busy. If it was in an emergency, "the room change could wait until the next day."

The CNA also stated that he never wrote a statement about what occurred or asked what to do.

In-House Investigation Can Not Substantiate Verbal Abuse Occurred

The interim Director of Nursing interview revealed that "he expects the staff to follow the facilities abuse policy." He stated that the staff is in-serviced multiple times a year regarding abuse, and staff is not to curse at the facility as that is defined as verbal abuse, even if it's not directed at a resident."

The final facility investigation report documents that several residents and staff members were interviewed during the investigation. However, the interviews did not substantiate the allegation, who told the investigator about the incident "denied that inappropriate language was used but indicated that the nurse was yelling at the CNA."

Failure to Ensure That Residents Are Free from Significant Medication Errors – Deficiency #F0760

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated January 14, 2022, the state investigators determined that Bria of Belleville "failed to prevent significant medication errors by administering intravenous (IV) antibiotics as ordered for four residents."

In one case involving a resident at Bria of Belleville, the patient had a stage IV pressure ulcer on his coccyx and an unstageable pressure ulcer. The resident's capital and consultant note and hospital discharge paperwork showed prescription medications to treat a bone/joint infection.

One document revealed that the Bria of Belleville resident was going to undergo a surgical debridement to the coccyx wound due to bone exposure followed by a PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) to the right upper extremity." Directions were given through the prescription order on how to deliver the antibiotic medication.

However, on multiple occasions, the resident's progress notes revealed that there was no documentation or information if the medication had been administered. Further review of the Bria of Belleville resident's medication administration records for the first three weeks of December 2021 provided no information other than ten blank boxes (not administered) out of 17 doses.

Additionally, there was no documentation regarding the IV antibiotic, including no reason why the antibiotic was not administered as ordered.

Why Every Patient Is at Risk Without an Infection Prevention and Control Program

Nursing homes are responsible for the health and safety of their residents. This includes preventing and controlling the spread of infection. Nursing homes must implement an infection prevention and control program to minimize severe infections and bedsores involving residents.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines for preventing the spread of infection in nursing homes. These guidelines include hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, cleaning and disinfection, safe food handling, and vector control.

Nursing care residents are at risk for severe infections like sepsis, pneumonia, and urinary tract infections. They are also at risk for developing bedsores, which can lead to serious complications, such as gangrene.

Following infection control protocols can reduce the risk of severe infections and bedsores in their residents. Such a program should include education for staff on how to prevent the spread of infection and regular monitoring to ensure protocol compliance.

Appropriate catheter care can prevent urinary tract infections so long as the patient is closely monitored. Nurses and wound care specialists must follow established post-acute-care protocols for any patient leaving the hospital after a major injury or surgical procedure.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect are Still Common Occurrences

Nursing home abuse and neglect are pervasive problems throughout the United States and in Illinois. Thousands of nursing home residents are abused or neglected annually, often with tragic consequences.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there were over 4,000 nursing abuse and neglect complaints in 2020. This number is likely just a fraction of the total number of cases, as many cases go unreported.

Nursing home residents are vulnerable to abuse and neglect for various reasons. They may be elderly and frail, making them easy targets for perpetrators. They may also rely on their caregivers for basic needs such as food, water, and medication, making them susceptible to mistreatment.

Every family member must remain vigilant and aware of the common signs of abuse and neglect occurring in their loved one's skilled nursing facility, including:

  • Physical Abuse: Any violent physical activity, including hitting, spitting, slapping, tripping, or choking, can be considered physical punishment or abuse.
  • Verbal Abuse: Speaking in a hostile or demeaning manner to a nursing facility resident is verbal abuse.
  • Sexual Abuse: Unwanted sexual contact or attention of any kind.
  • Emotional Abuse: Hurting or humiliating a resident through words or actions is emotional abuse.
  • Neglect: Failing to provide basic needs such as food, water, clothing, shelter, or medical care.
  • Financial Abuse: Illegally taking control of a resident's finances or possessions.
  • Social Isolation: Preventing a resident from having social interactions with other people.
  • Improper Medication Management: Giving the wrong medication, giving too much medication, not providing medicine when needed, or delaying medication are all improper medication management techniques.
  • Poor Hygiene: Not bathing or grooming residents regularly can lead to poor hygiene.
  • Untreated Medical Conditions: Ignoring health problems or not providing necessary treatment.
  • Bed Sores: When left untreated, bed sores can develop into serious medical conditions.
  • Unsafe Living Conditions: Furniture in disrepair, lack of bed rails, and improper lighting can create hazardous living conditions for nursing home residents.
  • Theft: Taking advantage of a resident's trust by stealing their belongings.
  • Restraints: Using restraints such as handcuffs, straps, or ropes to physically restrict movement is a form of restraint and can be dangerous and abusive.

Nursing home abuse can occur by anyone at the facility, including nurses, nurse aides, doctors, employees, on-site contractors, family members, friends, visitors, and other patients.

Do you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected at Bria of Belleville or any nursing home? Take immediate legal action now. You can start by talking to our personal injury lawyers to discuss your legal options to hold those responsible financially accountable.

When Medication Errors Lead to Wrongful Death

Wrongful death can occur when a nurse administers the wrong medication to a patient, when not administering the drug, or when the dosage is incorrect. Serious injury and even death can result from a medication error. Sometimes, the nurse may be liable for the patient's wrongful death.

Nursing home staff are taught to follow established medication administration protocols to avoid medication errors that could harm patients. These protocols are in place to ensure that the right medication is given to the right patient, at the right time, and at the right dosage.

Before administering the medication, nurses must verify the patient's name, medication, and dosage. They must also check for potential drug interactions and ensure that the patient is not allergic to the medication.

Medication errors can have serious consequences for patients. They can cause serious side effects or even death. That's why it's so crucial for nurses to follow established protocols when administering medications.

Doing so can help ensure that patients receive the correct medication in the correct dosage without any harmful side effects. Any residents affected by a medication error should receive immediate medical care from the resident's doctor or Hospital emergency room professionals with appropriate competencies to save the patient's life.

Appropriate Nursing Home Care Can Prevent Bedsores

A pressure ulcer (bedsore, pressure wounds, pressure sore, decubitus ulcers) can develop on an area of skin due to constant pressure. This pressure can be from a bed, wheelchair, or another object.

The object's weight squeezes the blood vessels in the skin, which cuts off the blood supply to that area. Without a good blood supply, the skin tissue dies, and a pressure ulcer forms.

Bedsores can develop from a lack of appropriate pressure ulcer care or the nursing staff's failure to follow the resident doctor/specialist's orders. For example, if a doctor orders that a resident be turned every two hours, and the nursing staff does not turn the resident as ordered, a pressure ulcer may develop.

Pressure ulcers are common in nursing homes. It is estimated that up to 30% of residents affected by a lack of appropriate treatment in nursing homes will develop at least one pressure ulcer during their stay. The most common places for pressure ulcers to form are on the heels, buttocks, and hips.

Bedsores can be painful, cause infection, compromise the patient's health status, and lead to death without the appropriate care. It is important that nursing home staff take steps to prevent new ulcers from developing and that they treat any pressure ulcers that do develop promptly.

The multiple stages of bedsores include:

  • Stage I: during the initial stage, the pressure wound appears reddish or discolored and warm to the touch. If the nursing team takes immediate action, the pressure sore can easily disappear without further damage.
  • Stage II: as the wound progresses, it becomes a yellow or black lesion with a necrotic center. The surrounding tissue may be red and inflamed.
  • Stage III: at this point, the sore has become a deep ulcer that may extend into muscle or bone.
  • Stage IV: the pressure ulcer may now reach down to the bone and cause permanent damage. In the most severe cases, the bedsore can lead to death
  • Unstageable: A build-up of necrotic (dead) tissue, debris, and dried blood in an open wound can make it challenging to accurately diagnose the extent of the injury. Typically, surgical debridement is required to remove the tissue build-up, allowing a wound care specialist, doctor, or nurse practitioner to assess the wound damage accurately.

Common signs of injury associated with pressure ulcers in a senior care facility could include:

  • Deep tissue injury is the most serious stage of bedsore. The skin is broken, and the tissue below is damaged. This can lead to infection and other health complications.
  • Blistering: The skin will blister and may break open. This can be very painful and can lead to infection.
  • Skin erosion: The top layer of skin will wear away, and the wound will become exposed. This can lead to infection and other health complications.
  • Tissue necrosis: Dead tissue will begin to form in the wound. This can lead to infection and other health complications.
  • Fistula: A fistula is a hole that forms between the wound and another organ, such as the bladder or rectum. This can lead to infection and other health complications.

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, LLC can take immediate legal action to stop the negligence.

Our Belleville Illinois nursing home abuse law firm accepts all 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 or use the contact form to schedule a no-obligation, free consultation.

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Disclaimer: The above inspection findings are take from public sources including the State Department of Health and from Medicare inspection conducted at the facility at least every fifteen months. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC cannot confirm that the content on this site is the most recent information related to the facilities mentions.

The inspection findings published are not complete. You may find the most up to date information here: dph.illinois.gov or medicare.gov.

The deficiencies/citations listed on this page may have been corrected or substantially corrected after the date of the inspection and date of publishing this material. This page is a legal advertisement and a resource of information for visitors. This material is not endorsed by the facility noted or by any governmental agency. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC does not have any affiliation with the facility.

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