Anytime there is a significant negative change in a patient’s condition while residing in a long-term care facility, it is the duty of the nursing staff to notify their physician. This action provides the opportunity to ensure that the patient is receiving the highest level of medical care to treat the decline in their health. Unfortunately, not all facilities follow these procedures and protocols, which is often to the detriment of the patient's well-being. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented residents who were mistreated at Illinois LTC facilities like Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care.
Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care
This Center is an 85-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Medicare-accepted long-term care unit providing cares and services to residents of Vandalia and Fayette County, Illinois. The facility is a part of the Fayette County Hospital located at:
650 W Taylor St
Vandalia, Il 62471
Vandalia Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families visit Medicare.gov to obtain a historical list of all filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations and opened investigations of every facility nationwide. The data can be used to determine the level of health and hygiene care every community nursing home provides their residents.
Currently, Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare summary system compared to all other facilities in the United States. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections and staffing concerns and two out of five stars for quality measures. The Fayette County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found various deficiencies, violations and safety concerns at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Notify a Physician of a Change in Their Patient’s Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/19/2014, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "notify the physician of a high blood glucose reading for [a resident] reviewed for Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus."
· The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s admission records revealing the resident was diagnosed with “manic depression, diabetes mellitus, compulsive disorder, and hypertension." The resident’s current 06/05/2014 Care Plan for diabetes provides direction to the nursing staff to “notify MD of Accucheck over 401 or Accucheck below 50.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s May 2014 Nursing Note that revealed on 05/23/2014 at 4:00 PM “sitting up in a chair eating a snack. [The resident] even, non-labored. Accucheck – CR. Administered routine [medications]… Will continue to monitor.” The state investigator interviewed the Registered Nurse who wrote the note revealing that CR means “Critically High blood glucose value."
The 5:00 PM Accucheck on the same day revealed a result of blood glucose at 464. However, the Registered Nurse documented “will continue to monitor.” By 8:00 PM that evening the resident’s Accucheck results were 465. Even with the high level, according to the documentation the physician was not notified of the resident’s blood glucose levels being critically high at 464 and 465.
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Eliminate the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/19/2014, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “prevent cross-contamination during perineal care and catheter care.” The deficient practice affected two residents at the facility.
The failure was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after observing a certified nursing aide (CNA) "perform catheter care for [the resident] on 06/18/2014.” The CNA “placed a basin full of water and a bottle of no-rinse perineal wash on the over-the-bedside table without using a barrier."
Using the same gloved hands, the CNA cleansed the resident’s perineal area and catheter tubing and then “emptied the basin of water in the sink in the bathroom which is shared with another resident. Two denture cups were sitting on the sink basin at the time and were splashed when [the CNA] emptied the basin into the sink. The over-the-bedside table was not observed to be disinfected after the procedure.”
The investigator interviewed the facility Infection Control Coordinator who revealed that the CNA “should not touch the no-rinse perineal wash bottle with the contaminated gloves and that [the CNA] should not of dispose of the water in the toilet."
Vandalia Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your parent, grandparent or spouse has been injured or harmed while residing at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care Unit, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our Vandalia team of dedicated knowledgeable attorneys provide legal representation in victim cases that involve abuse and neglect occurring in nursing facilities all across Illinois.
We urge you to contact our Fayette County elder abuse law office at 888 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your free no-obligation case evaluation. You do not need to make any upfront payment for our legal services because we accept all nursing home abuse/neglect cases through contingency fee agreements. This means our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your claim for compensation by negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement or have won your case at trial.