Attorneys for Patients Mistreated at ManorCare of Elgin
Formally Citadel Care Center – Elgin
Many nursing home residents require special services including those who need to be fed and administer medication through a feeding tube or intravenous injection site. When the nursing staff fails to follow specific procedures, the resident can suffer serious injury due to exposure to infection if the sterility of the procedure is broken. Unfortunately, the Elgin elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many residents who have suffered through the negligent actions of the nursing staff and developed serious life-threatening infections.
A break in sterility of devices and equipment used to administer medications and feed residents who require a PEG tube or intravenous injection can cause significant injuries that include:
- Localized skin infections
- Limited bleeding
- Inadvertent removal of the PEG tube
- Tube instructions
- Necrotizing fasciitis
- Severe bleeding
- Aspiration pneumonia
- Gastrocolonic fistula
Manor Care Health Services – Elgin
Manor Care Health Services – Elgin is an 88-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating for profit facility providing nursing services to residents of Elgin and Cook and Kane counties. The facility is located at:
180 South State Street
Elgin, Illinois 60123
In addition to providing skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services, Manor Care Health Services – Elgin provides specialized care that includes:
- Orthopedic injury and replacement
- Heart disease or post-cardiac surgery
- Neuromuscular disease
- Complex wound care
- Oncology care
Elgin Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
As required by law, state and federal nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their databases to reflect the most currently available information on opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints on facilities nationwide. The updated information is posted online and numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, ManorCare Health Services – Elgin maintains an overall five out of five available star rating compared to other nursing homes throughout the United States. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, four out of five stars for health concerns and three out of five stars for staffing issues. However, our Elgin nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving this facility. Two of these concerns include:
- Failure to Provide Proper Care to Residents Requiring Special Services Including Gastronomy Tube Care
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/27/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "provide gastronomy tube care services to ensure that it was well-maintained and free of contaminants.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at ManorCare Health Services – Elgin affected one resident at the facility.
The failure was noted in part after a review of the resident’s physician’s orders “for enteral feeding through gastronomy tube, checking the tube placement and checking the [resident’s] tolerance of the enteral feeding.”
At 11:30 AM on 04/27/2016, Licensed Practical Nurse providing the resident care noted that the resident’s “gastronomy tube had been in a while [and] looked very old, with definite discoloration with a blackish/purplish color [… stating] that she does not know whether [the resident’s] gastronomy tube being very old looking was addressed from [the resident’s] most recent hospitalization.” The nurse also stated at 2:00 PM on the same day that the resident’s “gastronomy tube with similar to the material used for an indwelling catheter, it was very old and ugly, some thinning spots around the tube, kind of wrinkly and the tube was discolored into a dark peach color [… stating] that she was not aware whether the condition of [the resident’s] gastronomy tube was addressed from [the resident’s] most recent hospitalization nor was it addressed at the facility.”
The state investigator noted during a 2:20 PM 04/27/2016 with the Registered Nurse that the nurse stated that the resident “had the gastronomy tube for quite a long time [… describing] the gastronomy as very, very old, ugly looking, discolored from a normal whitish-cream in color to a darkened peach/purplish color, few thin spots around the tube and somewhat wrinkly.” The investigator reviewed the facility’s January 2016 policy for Gastronomy Tube Care, however, there was “no documentation regarding the status/condition of the gastronomy tube.”
- Failure to Provide Proper Care to a Resident Requiring Special Services Including Injections
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/16/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "administer intravenous (IV) medication in a manner to prevent potential infection.”
The state investigator observed a Registered Nurse at 1:30 PM on 10/14/2015 who “was preparing intravenous (IV) medication for [a resident].” During that time, the nurse removed the tubing [when] a piece of paper that attaches to the tubing to document the date the tubing is used, fell on the floor.” At that time, the nurse “pick the paper up off the floor with her gloved hand and attached it to [the resident’s] medication tubing.” The investigator noted that the resident’s “IV site was left open and exposed to touch with [the nurse’s] gloved hand multiple times, breaking the sterility of the IV tubing.”
Elgin Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has suffered serious injury caused by the negligent actions of the nursing staff while residing at ManorCare Health Services – Elgin or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide immediate legal advocacy services. Our team of Kane County elder abuse attorneys can assist you in seeking the financial compensation you deserve.
To successfully resolve your claim for financial recompense, we encourage you to contact our Elgin Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation. We accept nursing home neglect cases on contingency, so no upfront payment is necessary.