Any emergency that occurs in a long-term care Center must be handled appropriately by competent staff members in accordance with physician’s orders, facility policies and state/federal laws. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes, assisted living centers and long-term care facilities provide adequate training to teach caregivers appropriate measures that must be taken during emergencies including initiating cardiopulmonary resuscitation to save the life of the resident in accordance with their wishes. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent residents of Illinois long-term care centers like Group Home #3 who have been neglected, abused and mistreated.
Group Home #3
This Center is a ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Godfrey and Madison County, Illinois. The 16-certified-bed Home is located at:
302 Bachman Ln.
Godfrey, IL 62035
Godfrey LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Illinois LTC home regulatory agency routinely updates their statewide nursing facility database system. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) information contains a comprehensive historical list of opened investigations, filed complaints, dangerous hazards, health violations, safety concerns, and incident inquiries of every facility in each county.
The Madison County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have viewed numerous violations, deficiencies and safety concerns at this long-term care facility that include:
- Failure to Provide a Resident Life-Sustaining Treatment When Required during an Emergency
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/24/2010, a formal complaint against the facility was opened by a state investigator for its failure to “provide prompt health care services related to life-sustaining treatment for [a resident] who expired on 04/16/2010 when the facility failed to initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation.” The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings referred to deficiencies cited at W331 that reads in part:
“The facility must provide clients with nursing services in accordance with their needs.”
The investigator reviewed the resident’s 11/04/2009 IHP (Individual Habilitation Plan) revealing diagnoses including a “Severe range of Mental Retardation, hearing impairment, anemia, varicose veins, hypothyroidism, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation (AF) and congestive heart failure (CHF).”
It was noted that the resident “had a ‘Special’ IHP on 04/05/2010 that stated… the team discussed the recent health issues that have occurred over the past two weeks and current diagnosis.” The Registered Nurse “gave the team an overview of everything that has taken place medically with [the resident] over the past two weeks, including a follow-up visit with the cardiologist [...and] discussed the specific practices that will be put into place as change in [the resident’s] midnight monitor checks from visual to physical.”
Due to staff confusion on the current DNR status of the resident “the committee recommended to in-service staff on the DNR process.” As a part of the investigation, the facility’s Administrator was interviewed on 05/12/2010 who confirmed that “the 04/15/2010 special staffing there was an agreement to change [the resident’s] status to DNR [Do Not Resuscitate] however, on 04/16/2010 ‘at the time of [the resident’s] incident, there was no DNR in place as the facility had not yet obtained the physician signature and two outside members of the Current Human Rights Committee.”
The Administrator “confirmed that there was staff confusion as to [the resident’s] DNR status at the time of the discovery in the group home [...and] confirm the Facility Policy on Life-Sustaining Treatment” notes that “the current policy is on hold while the facility attorney reviews the current policy; however, CPR is expected to be implemented unless there’s a physician order for a DNR” which had not been obtained. The investigator concluded that the actions of the nursing staff and administration at the facility failed to follow their revised 12/05/2003 policy titled: Life-Sustaining Treatments that reads in part:
“Life-sustaining treatment is defined as any medical treatment, procedure or intervention that in the judgment of the attending physician when applied to the resident, would serve only to prolong the dying process. These procedures can include but are not limited to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).”
“Staff are in-serviced annually in regard to medical emergency procedures. Each new employee receives emergency medical training offered in pre-employment training and is required to sign a statement that they fully understand each procedure.”
An interview was conducted with the facility’s Direct Service Person plus on the afternoon of 05/13/2010 who confirmed that neither they or another DSP “initiated CPR and the paramedics arrived at the facility and took over the medical procedure.”
The investigator also noted that “in the event, no decision has been made in regard to life-sustaining treatment and no applicable physician’s orders are present, the facility policy on life-sustaining treatment shall control and treatments will be initiated.”
Godfrey Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have been injured or harmed while residing as a patient at Group Home #3, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm. Our qualified Godfrey attorneys represent victims with cases that involve abuse, negligence, and mistreatment occurring in Illinois nursing facilities.
We urge you to contact our Madison County abuse law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today. Speak with one of our experienced lawyers to determine your legal options during a comprehensive, no-obligation case review at no charge to you. Our law firm does not require any upfront payment because we accept all nursing home neglect and abuse cases through contingency fee agreements.