Every bedsore (pressure sores; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcer) is preventable if staff members at nursing facilities provide appropriate care. When bedsores are allowed to worsen, they can easily degrade to a life-threatening condition. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have suffered bedsores due to inadequate or negligent care on the part of the nursing facility.
Bedsores develop when the resident is allowed to remain in the same position for hours at a time. The pressure, especially on bony prominences of the body, can restrict much-needed blood flow and oxygen to skin and underlying tissue. A bedsore can develop in as quickly as two hours. Without immediate treatment and the alleviation of the pressure, the sore can easily develop into an open wound exposing muscle, bone and tissue below it.
Nursing facility staff should be competently trained in proven methods to prevent the development of bedsores that include:
- Repositioning the resident’s body
- Offloading or relocating to alleviate pressure
- The use of pressure relieving devices such as foam padding and pillows
- Routinely changing clothing and bedding to ensure a dry condition
- Assist with resident’s activities of daily living to increase their mobility
- Maintaining an eye on nursing home residents who have potential for higher risk of lesion formation
This Kane County facility participates in Medicare as well Medicaid, accommodates 107 beds, and is for profit. Their rehabilitation therapies include physical, occupational, and speech, cardiopulmonary and orthopedics. They also provide behavioral health care, skilled nursing, and extended care. Bria of Geneva is located at:
1101 East State StreetNursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Geneva, Illinois 60134
Federal agencies including Medicare.gov routinely update their star rating summary system to identify nursing facilities nationwide that provide their residents substandard care. Currently, Bria of Geneva maintains a two out of five available star rating compared other facilities throughout the United States.
Our Geneva Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys routinely evaluate, assess and review opened investigations, filed complaints and safety concerns at nursing facilities all throughout Illinois, including Bria of Geneva including:
- Failure to Follow Acceptable Standard of Care When Treating a Facility-Acquired Pressure Ulcer
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/24/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "revise and implement individualized interventions” for two residents at the facility “review for pressure sore plans of care.”
This failure involved in a 06/17/2015 facility’s Wound Summary Report noting that the resident “was identified with an unstageable necrotic left heel pressure wound” measuring 2.9 centimeters by 4.1 centimeters on 04/17/2015. “This pressure wound was identified 22 days after [the resident] had been readmitted to the facility following surgical repair to the left hip after a fall in the facility.”
On 06/17/2015, the facility’s Director of Nursing was asked “what preventative interventions had been put in place upon [the resident’s] readmission from hip surgery on 03/27/2015.” The Director listed the interventions noting that the resident’s risk factors had not been addressed.
On 06/19/2015, when the Assistant Director of Nursing was performing a dressing change on the resident’s pressure ulcers, the resident “grimace and stated three times during the dressing that her feet hurt when touched.” The surveyor noted that the Assistant Director of Nursing had “not medicated the resident for pain prior to the wound treatment.” In addition, the resident’s 12/19/2015 Pain Plan of Care did not “identify or include specific interventions for the resident’s left heel pressure sore. Complete pain assessment was not followed.”
- Failure to Follow Medication Protocols to Acceptable Professional Standards
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/24/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure the staff labeled the date on multi-dose insulin vials when they are opened and follow the cautionary instructions including the expiration date.” This failure affected five residents at the facility.
During an initial tour by the surveyor on 07/16/2015, it was noted that the inspected drugs and biologicals in the refrigerator had not been properly identified as being expired on 05/07/2015. In addition, a combination of medications including Lorazepam, Diphenhydramine, Haloperidol and Metoclopramide in multi-dose viable injection containers had expired two months prior on 04/14/2015.
The state surveyor interviewed the facility’s pharmacist on the same day who stated that “the expired medication should not be there in the refrigerator and the opened insulin vials should have been labeled to indicate when the vial was opened.”
The investigator during the survey noted that the facility failed to follow their June 2014 policy on storing medications that noted that “outdated, contaminated or deteriorated medications should be immediately removed from stock and disposed of according to medication disposal procedures.”
The nursing facility employees’ actions can be considered negligence as they failed to monitor every resident and assist mobility challenged individuals who require repositioning. If you, or your loved one, have suffered harm while residing at Bria of Geneva or any other facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention.
We encourage you to make contact with our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We accept elder abuse, mistreatment, and negligent cases through contingency fee arrangements so no upfront fees are required.