Nursing home residents are at a higher risk for developing facility-acquired bedsores compared to other individuals in the facility. Because of that, the nursing staff, Director of Nursing and Medical Director/Nurse Practitioner must develop an effective Plan of Care based on the resident’s unique problems that incorporate interventions and guidance to the nursing staff providing steps to minimize the potential risks of wounds. Unfortunately, the Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys at our law firm have represented many residents who have suffered facility acquired bedsores that could have been prevented had the staff followed the established procedures and protocols.
Bedsores develop quickly when constant pressure on bony parts of the body restricts blood flow to the skin and underlying tissue. Mobility challenged nursing home residents and others with specific medical conditions are at a higher risk for developing bedsores and often require ongoing monitoring and assistance from the nursing staff to minimize their risks.
Continental Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Continental Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a 208-certified bed for profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing facility providing services to residents of the Chicago metropolitan area. The facility is located at:
5336 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60625
Continental Nursing and Rehabilitation Center offers:
- Physical, speech and occupational therapies
- In-house dialysis
- Wound care management
- Behavioral health programs
- Hospice care
- Skilled nursing care
Chicago Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home database in an effort to reflect the most currently opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations of every nursing facility in the United States. The updated information is posted online at numerous locations including Medicare.gov through their star rating summary system.
Currently, Continental Nursing and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes three out of five stars for staffing issues and quality measures and one out of five stars for health concerns. Our Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys have found one serious deficiency involving this facility and have posted the information below.
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident Receives Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of a New Pressure Sore or Allow Existing Pressure Sore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/01/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "follow their wound care policy.” In addition, the state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to identify individualized preventative measures; reassess and revise interventions for a scapular wound [and their failure to] revise and update the care plan for [a resident at the facility] with a left scapular [shoulder/shoulder blade] wound.”
The failure the nursing staff at Continental Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was first noted at 3:30 PM on 06/24/2015 when a resident “was observed in bed lying on his back [...and] able to turn himself to the right side with his right arm while in bed.” After the resident turned to his right side, it was noted that [the resident was lying on top of the linen incontinent pad and that the top ridge of the pad was even with addressing on [the resident’s] left shoulder.”
The following morning at 10:20 AM on 06/25/2015, the resident was again observed “lying in bed on his back [… when the facility’s] Wound Care Nurse pulled back the covers for access to [the resident’s] wounds. At that time, it was noted that [the resident] was lying in bed with the linen incontinent pad between [the resident] and the fitted mattress sheets.” The Wound Nurse indicated that “there’s not supposed to have an incontinent pad on the bed. They must have forgotten to take it out.” The resident’s “left scapular wound was visualized at the time it was noted to be a full thickness circular wound with scant slough [dead skin] in the wound bed with a well-defined edge is located at the base of the left scapula (shoulder blade).” The Wound Nurse stated that it is a non-healing wound that first began as a skin tear.”
While numerous reports at the facility indicate that the skin tear was likely caused by the resident’s repetitive involuntary movements that led to constant friction, the state investigator did not note any “constant friction, tremors or involuntary movements of the resident’s upper back or any other part of the resident’s body” during an observation when the resident was in bed on 06/25/2015.
The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff at Continental Nursing and Rehabilitation Center failed to follow the facility’s 2003 policy titled Skin Management, Initial Plan of Care that reads in part:
“The facility must show identification of clinical conditions that are primary risk factors for developing pressure sores; provision of aggressive and appropriate preventative measures and care specific to addressing the resident’s unique risk factors and consistent implementation of the preventative Plan of Care and revision of the plan if needed.”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one developed a preventable facility-acquired bedsore while residing at Continental Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can assist you in obtaining financial compensation your family deserves. Our Cook County elder abuse attorneys have access to medical experts and case investigators that handle the largest volume of neglect and abuse cases in Illinois.
We accept all nursing home neglect and personal injury claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements so no upfront payment is required. contact our Chicago Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free private consultation.