Any development of a pressure sore (bedsore; pressure ulcer; decubitus ulcer; pressure wound) in a nursing facility has the potential to cause a decline in the patient’s overall health. In fact, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) claims that every facility-acquired is preventable if the nursing staff follows established protocols. Unfortunately, not every nursing home provides the right training and ongoing supervision to ensure that the nursing staff is following these procedures. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered from unnecessary facility-acquired bedsores while residing Illinois nursing skilled homes like La Harpe Davier Health Care Center.
La Harpe Davier Health Care Center
This Nursing Home is a 45-certified-bed Center providing nursing cares and services to residents of La Harpe and Hancock County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-approved ‘for-profit’ Nursing Home is located at:
101 North B Street
La Harpe, IL 61450
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, the facility provides memory care, nursing care, dementia/Alzheimer’s care and the Peterson’s Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
La Harpe Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing facilities provide, families routinely research the Medicare.gov database system for a complete list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. This information provides valuable content to make a well-informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires a high level of health care and hygiene assistance.
Currently, La Harpe Davier Health Care Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the Medicare analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for staffing concerns, three out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Hancock County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found many health violations and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Provide Cares and Services to Prevent the Development of a Facility Acquired Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/25/2016, a state surveyor performed an annual licensure and certification survey and noted the facility’s failure to “ensure a physician’s orders was followed for the treatment of a pressure ulcer and non-dedicated scissors were disinfected before cutting a pressure ulcer dressing.” The investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to accurately assess a pressure ulcer.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s Weekly Wound Tracking Log of a resident’s wound including a Stage I blister documented between 12/23/2015 and 02/02/2016. The blistered degraded and by 02/09/2016 was noted as a “Stage II open blister starting on that date.” Physician’s orders were obtained on 02/11/2016 noting that the resident’s “left buttock pressure ulcer to have a dressing change every three days using hydrocolloid dressing.”
An observation was made of a Registered Nurse (RN) preparing to change the resident’s “left buttock pressure ulcer dressing.” The RN verified that “the soiled dressing [they] had removed from [the resident’s] left buttock wound was not the correct dressing is prescribed by [the resident’s] physician.” The investigator noted that the Registered Nurse “proceeded to cleanse [the resident’s] wound then opened a package containing the hydrocolloid dressing [...and] removed a pair of scissors from [their] uniform pocket, then cut [the resident’s] hydrocolloid dressing in half.”
The investigator noted that the scissors used by the Registered Nurse “should have been disinfected before using them” and that the actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s May 2007 Decubitus Care/Pressure Areas Policy that reads in part:
“To ensure proper treatment program has been instituted is being closely monitored to promote the healing of any pressure ulcer…”
“Document size, stage, site… and treat (upon obtaining from a physician)”
“Document the stages the pressure ulcers….”
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Eliminate the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/25/2016, the investigator noted the facility’s failure to “ensure reasonable blood glucose meters were appropriately placed, sanitized and stored before and after using.”
The state investigator observed a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) passing medication in the day room and preparing to administer insulin and perform blood glucose checks for a resident. At no time did the LPN “place a clean field under the supplies.” In addition, the LPN returned equipment back to the medication cart but never cleaned the glucometer “prior to or after using it.” In addition, the LPN placed a contaminated glucometer on top of another glucometer in the cart.
The state investigator interviewed the Licensed Practical Nurse on the morning of 02/25/2016 and asked: “what the facility policy and procedure was for using and storing blood glucose meters.” The LPN replied, “we are supposed to use bleach wipes to clean before and after use.”
La Harpe Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your parent, grandparent or spouse has suffered injury or died prematurely while a patient at La Harpe Davier Health Care Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. We urge you to contact our Hancock County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, comprehensive no obligation case evaluation. There is no need to make an upfront payment because we accept all nursing home claims for compensation on contingency.