Nearly every bedsore occurring in a nursing facility can be prevented if the nursing staff takes appropriate measures and provides proper care, especially to individuals at high risk for developing pressure ulcers. Unfortunately, due to overcrowded conditions understaffing and a lack of training, many members of the nursing staff fail to provide adequate treatment which could lead to life-threatening open wounds if the resident does not receive appropriate care of their bedsore. Sadly, the Indian Head Park attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered needlessly from bedsores due to the negligence of their caregivers.
Bedsores develop when continuous pressure on bony areas of the body restricts blood flow to the skin and underlying tissue. Without movement to relieve the pressure, a newly developed bedsore (pressure wound; pressure sore; pressure ulcer; decubitus ulcer) can degrade to a life-threatening open wound.Briar Place
Briar Place is a 232-certified bed for profit Medicare/Medicaid-anticipating nursing facility providing services to the residents of Indian Head Park and Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
6800 West Joliet
Indian Head Park, Illinois 60525
In addition to skilled nursing, Briar Place provides additional services that include:
- Respiratory therapy
- Occupational, physical and speech therapy
- Ostomy care
- IV therapy
- Tracheostomy care
- Wound care
- Respite care
- Stroke care
- Cardiac care
In an effort to provide the public the most current information on nursing facilities nationwide, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their databases to reflect newly opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns. The updated information is posted online on numerous sites Medicare.gov through its comparative analysis star rating summary tool.
Currently, Briar Place maintains an overall two out of five available star rating compared other facilities throughout the United States. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and two out of five stars for staffing issues and health concerns. Our Indian Head Park nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident’s Doctor and Responsible Family Member of Any Change in the Resident Situation Including a Decline in Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/05/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "follow the skin breakdown policy notify the physician of an open red area for [one resident at the facility] reviewed for skin breakdown.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 06/26/2015 Progress Notes documented at 9:23 PM that revealed the resident had “a sacral decubitus ulcer measuring 1.0 centimeters by 0.5 centimeters by 0.2 centimeters, [which was] referred to the treatment nurse.” The investigator noted that the resident’s follow-up nurses progress notes between 06/27/2015 and 06/30/2015, “do not note any sacral decubitus ulcer assessment documentation.”
As a part of the investigation, the state surveyor conducted a 9:30 AM 07/29/2015 interview with the facility’s Wound Care Treatment Nurse who stated that “on 07/01/2015, she was made aware of [the resident’s] sacral wound [...and] evaluated the resident’s wound, notified [the attending physician] for wound care treatment orders.” However, at 11:30 AM interview with the attending physician on the same morning it was revealed that “he was not notified of [the resident’s] sacral decubitus ulcer until 07/01/2015 [...and] that once notified, he gave treatment orders for the sacral wound.”
- Failure to Provide Adequate Treatment to Prevent a Resident’s Developing a New Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/05/2015, the state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to implement interventions to prevent a small red open decubitus ulcer becoming necrotic and also prevent the development of wound infection for [one resident at the facility].”
As a part of the investigation into the lack of treatment on the resident’s sacral wound noted above, a Licensed Practical Nurse was interviewed at 1:35 PM on 07/29/2015 who stated that “she was notified of [the resident’s] sensitivity results by a nurse at the acute care facility where the resident was seen on 07/03/2015 [...and stated] that she entered the order [to treat the wound because she needed to speak with [the resident’s] physician before the order could be carried out.”
The investigator noted that the deficient practice by the nursing staff at Briar Place failed to follow the facility’s August 2015 policy titled: Pressure Ulcer/Skin Breakdown Policy that reads in part:
“All assessment of skin condition, including but not limited to location, stage or partial/full thickness, length, width and depth, the presence of exudates and necrotic tissue; pain assessment; resident’s mobility status; and current treatments. The physician will authorize pertinent orders related to wound treatments, including pressure redistribution surfaces, wound cleansing and debridement approaches, dressing and application of topical agents.”
If your loved one has suffered injury from a facility-acquired bedsore while residing at Briar Place or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can act quickly to ensure that your loved one receives the best medical care. Our Cook County elder abuse attorneys can build your case for recompense to ensure you receive the financial compensation you deserve.
Contact our Indian Head Park Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free case review. No upfront fees are required because we accept all abuse and neglect cases on contingency.