If one nursing home’s nurse failed to administer a medication as prescribed by a resident’s doctor, the end result can be catastrophic. Unfortunately, drug mistakes are extremely easy to make. In fact, the Prospect Heights elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have suffered life-threatening reactions due to a missed medication dose, the wrong drug or too high a dosage.
Medication errors can occur in a variety of manners including a physician prescribing the wrong drug or the wrong dosage. Other times, the pharmacy or physician forgets to ask about the resident’s allergies or the nurse administers the drug in the wrong manner.
Many medications have a negative interaction with other drugs the resident is already taking. Other times, the drug interacts in a negative way with the resident’s diet or the drug was mislabeled in the nursing home pharmacy before it was given to the resident. The catastrophic effect of a prescription medication mistake can have a minimal effect on the resident or lead to their death depending on the type of error.
Brookdale Prospect Heights
Brookdale Prospect Heights is a part of Brookdale Senior Living Solutions. The 30-certified Medicare bed for-profit center serves residents of Prospect Heights and Cook County. The center is located at:
700 E Euclid Avenue
Prospect Heights, Illinois 60070
Brookdale Prospect Heights offers Independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, hospice, and home health.
Prospect Heights Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Every year, federal and state nursing home regulatory agencies update their comparative analysis information on nursing homes throughout the United States and post the data on their website Medicare.gov. Many families use the information to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a nursing facility in their community, to ensure they receive the highest level of medical care, skilled nursing, and hygiene assistance.
Currently, Brookdale Prospect Heights maintains an overall three out of five available star rating compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for staffing issues, three out of five stars for quality measures and two out of five stars for health concerns.
Our Prospect Heights nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations involving this facility. Two major concerns include:
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident, the Resident’s Physician and/or Family Members of a Change in the Resident’s Situation Including a Decline in Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/26/2016, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "notify the physician that [the resident’s medication] was not available for administration as ordered for [one resident at the facility] review for physician notification.” In addition, the state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to follow their change in condition policy and notify the physician of [a resident’s] bladder distention.”
The resident’s 9:00 AM 01/30/2016 MAR (Medication Administration Record) failed to record the administration of the resident’s medications. The failure first came to light after a review of the pharmacist records at 11:43 AM on 01/20/2016 “stating that the facility’s emergency box did not contain [the resident’s medication]. The facility received [the resident’s medication] sometime between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
During an interview with the Registered Nurse the facility, it was affirmed that the resident’s medication “was not administered [as required by the physician’s orders and that the Registered Nurse] did not indicate the physician was notified” in violation of state and federal regulations.
- Failure to Provide Necessary Services and Care to Ensure the Resident Maintains Their Highest Well-Being
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/26/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "have anticoagulant [medication] available for administering as ordered by the physician.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Brookdale Prospect Heights affected one resident at the facility.
This incident first came to light in the facility’s Grievance Log concerning a resident’s medication. On 01/20/2016 it’s 10:07 AM, the surveyor inquired about the resident’s grievance with the Director of Nursing who stated that “I think there was a concern about [the resident’s medication]. There is a delay in giving [the medication] because of the pharmacy sending it a bit late, like a day.
Prospect Heights Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has suffered injuries or death as a result of a medication mistake while residing at Brookdale Prospect Heights or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can protect your rights. Our team of dedicated Cook County elder abuse attorneys can examine your loved one’s medical records to determine the error and hire medical experts to prove your financial compensation case to a claims adjuster or a judge and jury.
To ensure successful resolution of your claim for compensation, we encourage you to make contact with our law offices today at (888) 424-5757. By scheduling a free no obligation consultation, we can determine the merits of your claim and provide various legal solutions to successfully resolve your case. We always accept wrongful death lawsuits, personal injury claims and nursing home abuse cases through contingency fee arrangements, so no upfront payment is required.