The use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes is strictly prohibited unless there are a specific physician’s order and an informed consent signed by the resident for the resident’s Power of Attorney (POA). For a patient who receives the medication, ongoing evaluations of their behavior must be assessed periodically to determine if the medication can be reduced or eliminated. Unfortunately, not all facilities follow these protocols. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have provided legal representation to many Illinois nursing home residents who have received unauthorized antipsychotic drugs while residing at skilled nursing homes like Cisne Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Cisne Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
This Center is a 35-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing facility providing services to residents of Cisne and Wayne County, Illinois. The nursing home is located at:
Cisne, IL 62823
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Cisne Rehabilitation and Health Care Center provides long-term skilled care along with memory care, Alzheimer’s care, and the Peterson Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
Cisne Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government nursing home regulatory agencies regularly update the national nursing facility database system. The Medicare.gov site contains a historical list of health violations, filed complaints, safety concerns and opened investigations of every facility in the United States.
Currently, Cisne Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the national Medicare comparison analysis star rating summary system. This includes four out of five stars for staffing concerns and health inspections and three out of five stars for quality measures. The Wayne County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found serious safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Maintain a Resident’s Drug Regimen to Ensure It’s Free of Unnecessary Medication
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/09/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "ensure adequate monitoring, specific and appropriate interventions and diagnoses for the use of anti-psychotic medications.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Cisne Rehabilitation and Health Care Center affected one resident.
The deficient practice was first noted in investigators’ findings after a review of a resident’s 05/13/2016 Gradual Dose Reduction Tracking Report and Behavior Monitoring Records that were kept the nursing station to “record targeted behavior for each month for [three residents].”
The facility’s Social Services Designee stated on 06/08/2016 that “she is responsible for the behavior tracking and does not formulate any specific interventions for the residents with behaviors [...and] also indicated that none of the interventions are crossed out or stopped even if the intervention does not apply to the resident’s behavior or fails to work to reduce or change the targeted behavior.”
It was noted that a review of one resident’s March, April, and May behavioral tracking documented the resident’s “target behavior as physically aggressive with staff during ADL (activities of daily living).” The documentation also revealed that the resident’s “only recorded March behaviors on March 12, March 14, March 18, March 22, and March 25 noted that the resident was “throwing food and refusal to eat.” Additional behaviors were noted in the April and May tracking documents revealing that the resident was throwing food on numerous occasions.
However, it is the facility’s responsibility to “ensure the residents who do not have antipsychotic drugs are not given these drugs unless antipsychotic drug therapy is necessary to treat specific conditions is diagnosed and documented in the clinical record and the resident who uses antipsychotic drugs receives gradual dose reductions and behavioral interventions, unless clinically contraindicated in an effort to discontinue these drugs.”
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Eliminate the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/09/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "properly disinfect blood glucose meters, utilize proper handwashing technique and prevent cross-contamination during a dressing change. This [failure] has the potential to affect all 28 residents in the facility.”
The state investigator observed a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) performing a dressing change on a resident just after noon on 06/07/2016. The LPN “removed the gauze dressing from the right lower extremity by cutting off was scissors [...and] set the scissors down on the bedside table without using a barrier [...and] was then observed to place a towel under [the resident’s] right lower leg” prior to continuing to provide care without taking precaution methods of cleaning the scissors from any contaminant.
At one point, the Director of Nursing in the room “picked up the scissors after the dressing change and carried it the nurse’s station and sat them down on the counter” without the scissors ever be disinfected.
Cisne Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one is suffering from abuse, neglect or mistreatment as a resident at Cisne Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Our dedicated Illinois nursing home attorneys can handle your case for compensation to ensure your family receives the financial recompense they deserve.
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