Most families place their loved one in a nursing facility in the hope they will receive the highest level of medical and hygiene care. Unfortunately, many Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nurses’ Aides lack appropriate training or supervision to ensure they are performing their duties in accordance with policies and protocols. In some incidences, medications are not administered appropriately in accordance with pharmaceutical and manufacturer guidelines. Sadly, the Davenport Iowa elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents whose health condition have been diminished by the negligence or irresponsible behavior of their caregivers.Davenport Lutheran Home
Davenport Lutheran Home is a 98-certified bed church-related nonprofit Medicare/Medicaid-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Davenport, Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island County, Illinois. The Home is located at:
1130 W. 53rd Street
Davenport, IA 52806
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, the facility also offers intermediate care, hospice care, and memory care.Davenport Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the public is informed about the levels of care every nursing facility provides, state and federal nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their nursing home database system. This information reflects the complete history of all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations occurring at facilities across the United States. Search results can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Davenport Lutheran Home maintains and overall four out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system, compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for both health inspections and quality measures. However, our Davenport Iowa nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Residents the Minimal Standards of Professional Care
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/04/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "administer nasal inhalation and eye drop installation as manufacturer’s recommendations directed for two [residents at the facility] observed during a medication pass.”
As a part of the investigation, the state surveyor reviewed a resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) and Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealing direction to the staff “to shake the bottle and private with four sprays prior to the first dose administered.” An observation was made of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at 6:34 AM on 02/02/2016 administering “the nasal medication but failed to shake the bottle are prime the dispenser until the medication was visible when sprayed.”
As part of the investigation, the surveyor interviewed the pharmacist at 1:55 AM the following day on 02/03/2016 who stated that “staff should prime the fluticasone bottle by administering sprays in the air until visible moisture the medication was seen.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Injuries
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/04/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "follow the State Fire Marshal’s guidelines for the use of electrical equipment.”
An observation was made at 1:45 PM on 02/01/2016 when a resident “who resided in on the north hall of the facility had a metal surge protector in the room. The surge protector was plugged in an outlet on the south wall the room. Further observation noted a nebulizer (breathing) machine and a clock radio plug-in the surge protector.”
The state investigator noted that “during an observation of the resident’s room in the north all on 02/02/2016 at 6:50 AM, the surge protector remained in place with the clock and nebulizer plugged in.” The surge protector remained in place during an observation made later that morning at 11:39 AM, and again the following morning at 9:24 AM.
An interview was conducted with the Maintenance Supervisor who reported “not being aware of the surge protector in the resident’s room in the north hall [and] agreed the two items should not be plugged into the surge protector.
As a part of the investigation, it was noted that the actions by the employees at Davenport Lutheran Home failed to follow the State Fire Marshal’s Office that:
“documented clarification on the use of a surge protector. The posted information documented the electrical surge protector shall be a metal or steel construction and approved by underwriter laboratories or other recognized laboratory.” In addition, “the paper documented items that could be used with electrical surge protector and items prohibited from use with the surge protector that included clocks, lamps, personal grooming and care devices, battery chargers and motor drive appliances.”
If your loved one has been harmed, mistreated, neglected or abused while residing in any nursing facility including Davenport Lutheran home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take appropriate measures to obtain the financial compensation you deserve. Our Iowa nursing home abuse attorneys can ensure your loved one’s rights are protected while remaining a resident of the facility.
Contact our Scott County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule an appointment to speak with one of our attorneys in a no-obligation free consultation. No upfront fees are required.