Anytime staff members at a skilled nursing facility recognize the beginning stages of a bedsore, they are legally bound to notify the patient’s physician to ensure the resident receives the highest level of care. Unfortunately, not every nursing home in Illinois follows procedures and protocols. As a result, an early developing Stage I bedsore (pressure sore; pressure wound; pressure ulcer; decubitus ulcer) can easily degrade to a life-threatening unstageable wound in days. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal representation to patients suffering from bedsores while residing in Illinois skilled nursing homes like Eunice C Smith Nursing Home.
Eunice C Smith Nursing Home
Eunice Smith Nursing Home is a ‘not for profit’ 62-bed Medicare/Medicaid-approved facility providing nursing services to residents of Alton and Madison County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
1251 College Ave.
Alton, IL 62002
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, the facility also offers speech, occupational and physical therapies along with memory care and dementia/Alzheimer’s care.
Alton Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The federal government and Illinois nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update the nursing home database system containing the complete list of all safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints. This information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Eunice Smith Nursing Home maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other nursing homes nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections and staffing concerns and three out of five stars for quality measures. The Madison County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Take Appropriate Measures to Prevent Abuse from Occurring by an Employee
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/17/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "complete pre-employee screening by checking the Health Care Worker Registry prior to employment.” The deficient practice by the administration at Eunice Smith Nursing Home involved five Certified Nursing Aides reviewed for pre-employment screening. The state investigator noted that this failure “has the potential to affect all 44 residents residing in the facility.”
As a part of the investigation, the surveyor noted that five facility employee files “did not have verification [that had been] checked with the Healthcare Worker Registry prior to hiring.” The hiring dates for the five employees range from 08/27/2014 to 03/26/2015.
The investigator interviewed the facility Administrator on the morning of 09/17/2015 who stated: “the facility has not applied to get access to the fingerprint portal to get these done since being managed by their new management company.” The Administrator also stated that “the management company took over in June of this year.”
- Failure to Notify the Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health, Bedsore or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/17/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "monitor a reddened area, and initiate timely interventions to prevent worsening of a coccyx wound.” The deficient practice affected one resident at the facility.
The investigator’s findings included a review of a resident’s Admission Face Sheet revealing the resident was diagnosed with Cognitive Heart Failure, Clostridium Difficile, Urinary Tract Infections, Dementia and Euthroid [thyroid replacement therapy].” The resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealed of the resident “requires extensive assistance with bed mobility and all ADL (activities of daily living) [...and] is always incontinent of bowel and bladder.”
As a part of the investigation, a review of the resident’s 09/07/2015 Nurses Notes revealed the resident had “an area of redness and the foam dressing was applied for prevention. There was no documentation that the physician was notified of the red area to request an order for treatment.” In addition, the “Nurses Notes from 09/08/2015 through 09/09/2015 do not document any skin observations made by staff.”
The resident’s 09/15/2015 Nurses Notes document that a “new area was first noted.” However, the records “do not document the physician was called for in order to change the treatment since the wound had worsened. The physician’s office was not called for orders until the next day when three open areas were identified.” The investigator noted that the staff’s actions failed to follow the facility’s October 2015 policy titled: Skin Integrity Assessment and Prevention of Wounds that reads in part:
“Residents at risk should have a visual skin inspection daily. A physician’s order is required for wound treatment.”
Alton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was the victim of abuse, mistreatment or neglect while a patient at Eunice C Smith Nursing Home, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys can ensure that all those responsible for causing your loved one’s harm are legally and financially held accountable.
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