The medical team at nursing facilities admitting a resident with the indwelling urinary catheter are required to develop an effective Plan of Care that provides goals to remove the catheter and restore natural bladder function. However, many facilities fail to take appropriate measures, letting the resident live with the catheter to the detriment of their medical condition and health. Over time, the use of an indwelling urinary catheter can diminish the resident’s quality of life. Sadly, the Beardstown elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered unnecessary harm or died prematurely due to the negligent actions of their caregivers.Heritage Health Beardstown
Heritage Health Beardstown is a 79-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Medicaid/Medicare-accepted nursing home providing nursing services to residents of Beardstown and Cass County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
8306 St. Luke’s Drive
Beardstown, IL 62618
In addition to providing both short-term and long-term skilled nursing care, the Center also provides respite care and hospice care.Beardstown Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the families are fully aware of the level of care every nursing facility in their community provides, the federal government and the state of Illinois regularly update their nursing home database system. The data includes a full report of all opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints on facilities nationwide. The results can be found on sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Heritage Health Beardstown maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system. This includes four out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections and three out of five stars for staffing issues. However, our Beardstown Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Treatment to Prevent the Development of a Facility-Acquired Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/21/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "identify a pressure ulcer.” The state investigator noted that a review of the resident’s 04/20/2015 Wound Care Treatment Plan documents “a shearing wound was discovered on the right buttocks measuring 3.5 centimeters by 2.5 centimeters by 0.10 centimeters.”
As part of the investigation, it was noted that the resident’s 05/05/2015 MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealed the resident “did not have any pressure ulcers” just eleven days after the facility-acquired bedsore was discovered.
On the morning of 05/18/2015, the resident “had an open area on [their] right buttock. The open area has a shallow depth in a red wound bed.” A Licensed Practical Nurse providing care measured the resident’s “pressure ulcer at 2.0 centimeters by 1.2 centimeters by 0.2 centimeters,” noting it had grown in size since its discovery in late April.
- Failure to Provide Treatment to Prevent a Urinary Tract Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/21/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to assess the continued need for an indwelling urinary catheter.” In addition, the surveyor noted the facility’s failure “to monitor the functioning of the catheter by not consistently documenting intake and output [and a failure] to secure an indwelling catheter to prevent pulling of the tubing for [a resident] reviewed for indwelling urinary catheters.”
The investigator reviewed the resident’s 04/21/2015 MDS (Minimum Data Set) documenting that the resident “is cognitively intact [...and] has an order for an indwelling catheter.” During an interview on the morning of 05/20/2015, the resident “stated that the catheter was placed due to frequent incontinent episodes at home [...and] stated that [their] prostate is large but it didn’t affect the ability to urinate.”
During the interview, the resident stated that “he would rather not have the catheter… and the catheter pulls sometimes at night causing [the resident] to wake up.” The resident also stated that “during the day, a leg bag is worn at night is connected to a drainage bag [...and] that the catheter is not secured at night to prevent the catheter from pulling [...and] that no one in the facility has talked to about discontinuing the catheter.”
It was also noted that the resident’s Care Plan “does not include a documented medical need for the indwelling urinary catheter and does not document the goal related to the indwelling urinary catheter.” The investigator interviewed the facility’s Restorative Nurse on the morning of 05/20/2015 who stated that the resident “was admitted to the facility with an indwelling catheter [...and that they (the nurse)] are responsible for completing the continents assessment [...and] stated that need for continued use of the catheter has not been assessed due to [the resident] being admitted with the catheter.”
The investigator noted that the actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s 02/01/2015 Catheter Protocol Policy that reads in part:
“The Care Plan will reflect the resident’s need for catheter and information regarding the catheter ordered.”
If your loved one has been abused or neglected while residing in any Illinois nursing facility, including Heritage health Beardstown, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide numerous legal options to stop the harm now. Our Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can resolve your financial compensation claim.
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