Many nursing home residents in Illinois suffer from bladder problems that require the use of an indwelling urinary catheter to assist in the removal and capture of urine. However, without proper care and the direction of physician’s orders, the resident can easily develop a life-threatening urinary tract infection with the potential of diminishing the quality of their daily life. Sadly, the St. Louis elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered serious life-threatening harm caused by preventable urinary tract infections due to the neglect of the nursing staff.Dutchtown Care and Rehabilitation Center
Dutchtown Care and Rehabilitation Center is a 120-certified bed for profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility providing nursing services to the residents of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri and St. Clair County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
St. Louis, Missouri 63118
Dutchtown Care Center provides various services that include:
- Skilled nursing
- Hospice care
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapies
- Rehabilitation services
- Respite care
In an effort to ensure that the American public is fully informed about every nursing facility in the United States, both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home databases to reflect the most recently filed complaints, opened investigations, health violations, and safety concerns. The information can be found on numerous state and national websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Dutchtown Care and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system and analysis comparative tool. This includes three out of five stars for quality measures and staffing issues and two out of five stars for health concerns. Our St. Louis nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Adequate Services to Ensure That the Resident Does Not Develop Urinary Tract Infections but Instead Restores Normal Bladder Function
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/10/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "position catheter tubing and drainage bags in an appropriate manner to help prevent infection and promote gravity drainage.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Dutchtown Care and Rehabilitation Center affected two residents at the facility. One investigation involved a resident with a Physician Order Sheet (POS) that directed the nursing staff on the specific size of the Foley catheter to be used on the resident “with a change or catheter care to be performed “every month on the ninth and foley care every shift.”
The investigator noted that the resident’s TAR (Treatment Administration Record) from 10/07/2015 through 11/06/2015 and 11/07/2015 through 12/06/2015 “showed no schedule times for the catheter change or catheter care.” However, a review of the resident’s 07/15/2015 Care Plan indicated a problem with “urinary incontinence [requiring] an indwelling catheter” with the goal that included “will have catheter managed appropriately as evidenced by no signs/symptoms of urinary tract infection or urethral trauma.”
The investigator also noted that the Care Plan provided an approach to the nursing staff to “position bag below the level of the bladder, provide catheter care and a change of the catheter per physician’s orders.” However, a review of the 08/12/2015 lab results revealed that the resident was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection that requires treatment seven days a week. At 10:38 AM on 09/24/2015, the resident’s Nurse’s Notes show that “the Foley catheter [was changed] on 09/24/2015, due to the resident pulling the catheter out.”
An observation was made by the state investigator at 5:38 AM on 11/06/2015 when the resident was lying “flat in bed with a leg bag strapped around the right thigh (a leg bag is designed to be worn for mobility and one worn flat, does not allow for proper gravity drainage), with dark urine in the catheter bag.” Three days later on 11/09/2015 at 8:30 AM, the resident was observed sitting “in a chair with no catheter bag visible.” At 10:00 AM on the same morning, the resident was observed lying “flat in bed.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Administrator 1:30 PM on 11/09/2015 along with the facility’s Assistant Director of Nurses who said that “Foley catheter should be changed every 30 days which should be documented on the TAR (Treatment Administration Record). Catheter care should be completed every shift and documented on the TAR. If not recorded, then it wasn’t done. The [Assistant Director of Nursing] said leg bags should be secured around the ankle for proper drainage.”
If you suspect your loved one has suffered from a preventable urinary tract infection while residing at Dutchtown Care Rehabilitation Center or any other nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal interventions. Our St. Louis County elder abuse attorneys can take steps to begin the process of securing the financial compensation you and your loved one deserves.
To successfully resolve your financial recompense case against all parties responsible for causing your loved one harm, we encourage you to contact our St. Louis nursing home abuse law firm and (888) 424-5757 today to make an appointment for a free, comprehensive case review. We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreement to avoid the need of you making an upfront payment.