Medicare, Medicaid, and other nursing home regulatory agencies recognize that every bedsore can be prevented if the nursing staff takes appropriate measures to follow established procedures and protocols when providing care to the residents. However, due to overcrowding or a lack of training, many nurses failed to provide a level of care to ensure the resident’s skin integrity is maintained. Unfortunately, the St. Louis elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered life-changing conditions caused by a preventable bedsore.
Bedsores develop when blood flow is restricted to bony areas on the body and skin and underlying tissue are deprived of oxygen and nutrients. Bedsores (pressure sores; pressure wounds; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers) can develop in two hours or less, and if left untreated can degrade to life-threatening conditions as open wounds exposed to blood infection (sepsis) and bone infection (osteomyelitis).Carrie Elligson Gietner Home
Carrie Elligson Gietner Home is a for-profit, 130-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-approved facility providing nursing services to residents of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri and St. Clair County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
5000 South Broadway
St. Louis, Missouri 63111
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Carrie Elligson Gietner Home offers other services that encompass:
- Physical, occupational and speech therapies
- IV therapy
- Dementia care
Many families search online for all the information they can find on nursing homes in their community before placing their loved one in a facility to ensure they receive a high level of care. Because of that, state and federal nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their nursing home databases to reflect the full history of health violations, safety concerns, opened investigations and filed complaints. This information can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Carrie Elligson Gietner Home maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for both staffing issues and health inspections. Our St. Louis nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility that caused actual harm including:
- Failure to Provide Residents Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of a New Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/08/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "identify, assess, measure, stage and provide treatment to prevent or help heal pressure ulcers (injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue usually over bony prominence, as a result of pressure or friction).” The state investigator noted that the facility failed to identify a resident with pressure ulcers. In addition, the facility staff “failed to provide appropriate pressure ulcer treatment” to ensure that the sore healed properly.
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 09/11/2015 Hospice Progress Notes that showed skin turgor poor, bilateral heels and right lower extremity issues.” However, the review of the facility’s Wound Report on the same day “showed no wounds or pressure ulcers listed.” In addition, the resident’s TAR (Treatment Administration Record) from 09/11/2015 through 10/10/2015 showed that the weekly skin assessment areas were left blank. Even so, the resident’s 11/21/2015 Hospice Progress Notes revealed that the resident’s “back had sores and heels have ulcers.” The resident’s Physician Order Sheet (POS) dated 09/11/2015 through 10/10/2015 showed no 10/02/2015 treatment order for the open wound to the resident’s coccyx.”
An observation was made of the resident at 1:33 PM on 10/01/2015 while the resident was lying in bed “positioned on [their] back. No pressure reducing mattress was provided.” Again on 10/02/2015, an observation was made of the resident “in bed positioned on [their] back at 6:48 AM, 8:34 AM and 10:23 AM. No pressure reducing mattress was provided.” Further observations occurred at 3:41 PM on 10/05/2015 and on 10/06/2015 at 7:51 AM and 10:37 AM where the resident was on [their] back.”
By 10/07/2015, the resident’s opened areas on the back and heels have become significantly worse. The Licensed Practical Nurse providing the resident care “said the wounds on the back for pressure ulcers from [them] lying on [their] back and classify them as unstageable (not staged due to coverage of the wound bed by slough [dead tissue]).”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing at 1:40 PM 10/07/2015 who said that “she would expect any CNA who became aware of the resident’s skin tear or pressure ulcer to inform the Charge Nurse as soon as possible. The charge nurse would then inform her. If Hospice Staff found a skin tear pressure ulcer, the Charge Nurse should be notified. All weekly skin assessments should be accompanied by the Licensed Nurse Weekly Skin Assessment form.
If your spouse, parent or grandparent has suffered injury or premature death caused by a preventable bedsore while residing at any nursing facility, including Carrie Elligson Gietner Home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our St. Louis elder abuse attorneys can file a claim for compensation on your behalf to ensure your family receives the financial recovery you deserve.
We accept all personal injury claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements, so no upfront payment is required. contact our St. Louis nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today and schedule your free, case evaluation.