Medication errors occurring in nursing facilities are all too common problems that are usually completely preventable if the nursing staff takes appropriate measures. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that approximately 700,000 individuals nationwide are rushed to the emergency room because of an avoidable prescription medication error. Unfortunately, the Danville elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have been victimized by the neglect or mistreatment of caregivers who have provided them the wrong medication.
The seriousness of medication errors tends to be disproportionately high among the elderly due to their increased use of prescription drugs than that of younger generations. Administering the wrong drug or giving the drug to the wrong resident is usually the result of a lack of training, mislabeling, understaffing or outright negligence.Gardenview Manor
Gardenview Manor is a for-profit 213-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Danville and Vermillion County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
14792 Catlin Tilton Road
Danville, Illinois 61834
Gardenview Manor offers physical, occupational, and speech therapy as well as cardiac care, respite care, hospice, wound care and IV services.Danville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both state and federal nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their facility information on safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints and post the information on numerous websites including Medicare.gov. Family members often use this valuable information to make an informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires a high level of nursing care and hygiene assistance.
Currently, Gardenview Manor’s rating compared with other nursing facilities throughout the United States includes two out of five stars for staffing issues, and one out of five stars for quality measures and health concerns. Our Danville nursing home neglect lawyers have found numerous safety concerns and health violations involving this facility. Two of those concerns include:
- Failure to Minimize Medication Errors Including Giving the Wrong Drug, the Wrong Dose or the Right Medication to the Wrong Resident
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/18/2016, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "administer medication as ordered by the physician.” This deficient practice by the nursing staff at Gardenview Manor affected one resident at the facility. However, the state investigator noted that due to “the four medication errors out of 25 opportunities for errors resulted in a 16% medication error rate” or more than three times the level accepted by federal and state regulations.
The state investigator noted that in one incident occurring at 4:50 PM on 03/15/2016, a Registered Nurse failed to provide a resident’s medications as ordered because the drugs were unavailable at the facility. The investigator interviewed the Registered Nurse at 4:55 PM that same day who stated “I don’t know why the medications are not available, I guess the pharmacy did not deliver them. I am new here, we need to ask.” When interviewed, a different nurse stated at 5:00 PM that, “I did not know the meds were not on the cart for [that resident].”
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident Receives an Accurate Assessment by a Qualified Health Professional
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/18/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "accurately assess [a resident] utilizing the Resident Assessment Instrument (MDS (Minimum Data Set)). This failure has the potential to affect one resident [reviewed for assessments].”
This failure was first revealed when reviewing a resident’s 01/22/2016 MDS (Minimum Data Set) that states that the resident “has no limitations in range of motion in both upper and lower extremities.” However, the facility’s Registered Nurse/Restorative Nurse stated at 10:56 AM on 03/17/2016 that the resident “does have limits in the range of motion on [the residents] right side in the upper and lower extremities. I’d marked that wrong on the MDS (Minimum Data Set).”
The investigator noted that the resident’s 02/02/2016 Occupational Therapists Progress and Discharge Summary documented that the resident “had an Occupational Therapy start date of 01/11/2016.” The summary also documents that the resident “was discharged from therapy [the same day] with goals not met. This summary also documents [that the resident] had 60 to 79 percent functional limitation to his right side upper and lower extremities at the time of therapy discharge.” By 03/17/2016, the resident “could not independently raise [their] right arm above [their] abdomen and could not independently raise [their] right leg six inches up from the wheelchair pedal.”
If you suspect that your loved one has been injured by adverse reactions caused by a medication error while residing at Gardenview Manor or any other Illinois nursing facility, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers our dedicated team of Danville elder abuse lawyers can direct you and your loved one on how to recover your damages through a claim or lawsuit for financial compensation.
Schedule your appointment with an attorney at our Vermillion County nursing home neglect law firm so we can take the first step in evaluating the merits of your claim for financial recompense. We accept all personal injury claims, wrongful death lawsuits, and nursing home neglect cases through contingency fee agreements. This means no upfront payment is required.