Bedsores (pressure sores; decubitus ulcer; pressure ulcers) have become a significant problem in nursing facilities all throughout the state of Illinois. Without proper treatment, repositioning and supervision, many nursing home residents can develop a bedsore in as little as 1 to 2 hours. Unfortunately, the Libertyville elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many residents who have suffered life-threatening bedsores that could have been prevented had the nursing staff taken appropriate measures and followed physician’s orders.
Bedsores typically develop when the resident is unable to reposition their body without assistance to release pressure on bony prominences including on the heels, toes, ankles, hips, sacrum, shoulder blades, shoulders and the back of the head. The pressure of the body restricts blood flow, diminishing much-needed oxygen and nutrients, which can cause the skin and underlying tissue to begin to die quickly.
Libertyville Manor extended care
Libertyville Manor Extended Care is a for-profit 63-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing home serving residents of Libertyville and Lake County. The facility is located at
610 Peterson Road
Libertyville, Illinois 60048
The extended care facility offers health care services that include: skilled nursing care, assisted living, independent living, respite, adult day care and rehabilitation.
Libertyville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home comparison websites including Medicare.gov with current information using a star rating summary on the effectiveness of facilities providing health and hygiene care to its residents. Currently, Libertyville Manor Extended Care maintains an overall five out of five available star rating when compared with other nursing homes in the United States. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, four out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for health issues.
However, our Libertyville nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns and health violations involving this facility. Two of these concerns include:
- 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 01/06/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “implement prevention measures for pressure ulcers [bedsores; decubitus ulcer; pressure sores].” In addition, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to apply a dressing as ordered […and a failure to] identify risk for infections. The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Libertyville Manor Extended Care affected one resident at the facility.
The investigation involved a resident’s physician’s order indicating that the bedsore dressing needed to be “changed every three days and as needed.” The order involved the wound on the resident’s “right buttocks to cover with a dry dressing. Change daily and as needed.”
The state investigator noted that on 01/05/2016, the resident “was in bed sleeping on her left side with a pillow between her legs. Her wheelchair had a non-skid liner on the seat and no pressure redistribution cushion.” A Registered Nurse providing the resident’s care changed the resident’s dressings and noted that the resident “had a small pink open area to her right buttock. She had a non-stick pad with [medication] over the pressure ulcer […and an additional] pressure ulcer to the right outer ankle. The wound was red around the edges was slough [dead tissue] on the wound bed.
On that same day at 1:00 PM, the nurse stated “he spoke with the doctor was given orders to do a wound culture to the right outer ankle pressure ulcer to have an x-ray done to rule out [bone infection].” When the Registered Nurse was asked early in the day “about a wheelchair cushion for [the resident], she stated she did not know why there was not one there and that [the resident] slid out of the wheelchair. That is why there is a non-skid liner in the wheelchair.”
By the end of December 2016, the resident’s Nurse’s Notes “showed she has an unstageable pressure ulcer on her right outer ankle with a white base” noting that the pressure ulcer had become significantly worse to a possible life-threatening condition.
- Failure to Ensure That Residents Requiring Feeding Tubes Are Given Proper Treatment to Help Restore Eating Skills, If Possible
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/06/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure a resident’s feeding tube was checked for placement prior to the administration of water flushes, medications, or giving enteral feeding.”
The investigator noted that a Registered Nurse at 4:00 PM on 01/03/2016 flush the resident’s gastronomy tube device with water “and then gave him his evening medication [… before continuing] to give his enteral feeding.” While the Registered Nurse “was giving medications at enteral feeding, [the resident] coughed three times.” Again standards of practice, the Registered Nurse “did not check placement prior to giving water flushes, medications or enteral feeding.”
Libertyville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one is a victim of abuse, neglect or mistreatment while residing at Libertyville Manor Extended Care or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide immediate legal intervention. Working on behalf of our clients, our team of dedicated Libertyville elder abuse lawyers can provide a variety of legal options and build a case to obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your damages and injuries.
We encourage you to contact our Lake County nursing home abuse law offices today by calling (888) 424-5757 for a free case evaluation. We accept nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements, meaning no upfront payment is ever required.