The CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) states that any development of a bedsore in a nursing facility can be prevented. Because of that, all nursing staff members are required to take appropriate measures and provide a level of care that eliminates the development of pressure sores (pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcer; pressure wounds; bedsores). Unfortunately, not all Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nurses’ Aides receive appropriate training and supervision to detect the development of a bedsore in its early stage. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent mistreated residents of Illinois nursing facilities like Good Samaritan Society – Mount Carroll who have developed preventable bedsores.
Good Samaritan Society – Mount Carroll
This Center is a ‘for profit’ 72-certified-bed Nursing Home providing nursing services to residents of Mount Carroll and Carroll County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-approved facility is located at:
1006 North Lowden
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
Mount Carroll Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can visit Medicare.gov to obtain a historical list of all opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations of every facility nationwide. The information can be used to determine the level of health and hygiene care every community nursing home provides its residents.
Currently, Good Samaritan Society – Mount Carroll maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the nationwide comparison analysis Medicare rating summary system. This includes five out of five stars for health inspections and quality measures, and three out of five stars for staffing concerns. The Carroll County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have many found safety concerns, deficiencies and violations at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Adequate Care and Treatment to Prevent the Development of a Pressure Sore or Allow an Existing Pressure Sore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/25/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "identify and an ill-fitting pair of shoes and [a failure to] reduce pressure at the wound areas of both feet.” The investigator noted that “these failures contributed to [the resident] developing Stage II ulcers which progressed to unstageable pressure ulcers to the left lateral heal and right lateral foot.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings that at 11:30 AM on 06/23/2015, the resident “was in the multi-purpose area in a wheelchair, wearing shoes and her feet were resting on the wheelchair leg rests.” The following day at 2:25 PM and again on June 25 at 10:00 AM, the resident “was in the multi-purpose area in a wheelchair wearing only socks with her feet positioned on the wheelchair leg rests.”
At 8:45 AM on 06/24/2015 “during a wound dressing change, the right lateral foot ulcer measured 0.4 centimeters by 0.3 centimeters with the smallest amount of serosanguinous drainage and 100% slough.” At that time, the Registered Nurse providing care stated “both foot ulcers were discovered at the same time on 05/01/2015 [...and that the resident’s] new shoes obtained two months prior to 05/01/2015 ‘because of the pressure ulcers… but we initially discovered the ulcers as blisters bilaterally’.”
The Licensed Practical Nurse stated at the same time that the resident “should not wear the new shoes until the bilateral pressure ulcers are completely healed and [the resident] needs to have her heel cushioned at all times [...and] stated skin assessments are to be performed daily during daily care and weekly during wound care assessment.”
- Failure to Ensure Resident Had Gravity Urinary Drainage Bag and a Hydration Plan in Place to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/25/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to ensure resident had a gravity urinary drainage bag in place when in bed, [and a failure] to ensure a resident with a history of urinary tract infections had a hydration plan in place.” The deficient practice affected one resident who requires “moderate staff assistance with transfers, dressing, hygiene, and bathing.” The resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealed the resident “has an indwelling catheter.”
Observations were made of the resident on 06/23/2015 while “in a lying position to a seated position on the side of the bed [...and while being transferred by certified nursing assistants] with a mechanical stand lift from his bed to his wheelchair… did not have a gravity urinary drainage bag attached to his indwelling catheter.”
Readmission nursing assessment records revealed that the resident “was admitted to the hospital on 04/12/2015 for low back pain and urinary tract infection.”
Mount Carroll Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was the victim of abuse, mistreatment or neglect while a patient at Good Samaritan Society – Mount Carroll, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Our dedicated Mount Carroll attorneys represent clients with victim cases that involve abuse, neglect, and mistreatment. Our lawyers can help your family file and successfully resolve your financial recompense case against all those who caused your loved one harm.
Schedule your free, no obligation full case review today by calling our Carroll County elder abuse law offices at 888 424-5757. There is no need to make an upfront payment because we accept all nursing home claims for compensation on contingency.