The use of physical restraints in a nursing facility is strictly regulated by state and federal nursing home agencies in an effort to ensure that the rights of residents are not violated. Unfortunately, not every nursing facility follows procedures and protocols when applying physical restraints that are often used as a way to control the patient and/or minimize the ongoing need for monitoring the resident’s behavior. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent victims of abuse who have been physically restrained without proper assessment and authorization while residing in Illinois nursing facilities including Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
Galesburg Cottage Hospital TCU
This facility is a ‘for profit’ 34-certified-bed Medicare-accepted nursing home providing services to residents of Galesburg and Knox County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
695 North Kellog Street
Galesburg, Il 61401
Galesburg Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems to reflect all health violations, filed complaints, safety concerns and opened investigations. This information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Galesburg Cottage Hospital Transitional Care Unit maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating comparative analysis system. This includes five out of five stars for staffing concerns and health inspections and two out of five stars for quality measures. The Knox County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/05/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "implement their Suicide Risk Assessment and Precautions Policy when a resident made a suicidal statement.” The facility’s policy provides direction to the nursing staff that includes:
“If a patient is identified to be at risk for suicide, then suicide precautions will be implemented that includes an assessment “based on the level of risk, clinical status, and patient safety… Every 15 minutes for acuity… And every shift, conduct room searches… For potential harmful items, utilizing the Site-Safe Room Checklist.”
The incident involved a moderately cognitively impaired resident who made a statement at 1:00 AM on 02/27/2015 that the resident “will take a gun and shoot [myself] … better than living this way.” The resident’s 3:05 AM, 03/01/2015 Progress Notes documents of the resident “states ‘if I could find a gun, I’d shoot myself’.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 03/01/2015 Psychiatric History and Physical (H & P) report that had been completed by the facility psychiatrist noting that the resident “threatened to take a gun and shoot [themselves] and no suicide assessment was found on the chart.”
- Failure to Ensure That Residents Remain Free of Unauthorized and Unnecessary Physical Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/17/2013, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to comprehensively assess or reevaluate the use of physical restraints [and a failure] to develop a plan to reduce physical restraint use for [one resident].”
An observation was made of the resident at 1:00 PM on 01/14/2013 while “lying in bed, sleep, with all four side rails in the up position.” The resident “was also restrained with bilateral wrist restraints tied to the bed frame. On 01/14/2013 at 3:00 PM, [a Registered Nurse and certified nursing aide] untied the resident’s bilateral wrist restraints and scooted [the resident] up in the bed and immediately retied [the resident’s] bilateral wrist restraints” that were “off for no more than 1 to 2 minutes and all for side rails remained up.”
It was noted that the resident “has a gastronomy tube present in his abdomen with an abdominal binder covering the lower portion of his gastronomy tube and… tube site.” During an interview with the facility Director of Nursing at 2:00 PM on 01/15/2013, it was stated that the resident “was admitted with orders for wrist restraints because they didn’t want him pulling out his tubes.”
However, the Director “did not know if [the resident] had made any attempt to pull at his tubes and stated [the resident’s] hands have been restrained in an acute care hospital and since admission to the facility [...and] that the facility nurses did not attempt any less restrictive measures or develop a plan for restraint reduction.”
Galesburg Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your parent, grandparent or spouse has suffered injury or died prematurely while a patient at Galesburg Cottage Hospital, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our seasoned Galesburg knowledgeable attorneys can assist your family in successfully resolving your financial compensation claim against the nursing facility, Administrator, and/or nursing staff that caused your loved one harm.
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