The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stated every facility-acquired bedsore is preventable if the nursing staff takes appropriate measures and follows established protocols in providing care. Unfortunately, many nursing facilities are overcrowded or lack staff with appropriate training to ensure that mobility challenged residents receive proper treatment and routine turning/repositioning to alleviate pressure on bony areas of the body that have a propensity for developing a bedsore. Sadly, the Hinsdale elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents have suffered from preventable pressure sores (bedsores; pressure wound; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers).
Bedsores develop when constant pressure to specific areas of the body are not relieved to allow adequate blood flow and deliver much-needed oxygen and nutrients. The most common areas on the body where facility-acquired bedsores occur include the back of the head, shoulders, shoulder blades, elbows, sacrum (tailbone), hips, ankles, heels, and toes.ManorCare of Hinsdale
ManorCare of Hinsdale is a 202-certified bed for profit Medicare/Medicaid-approved facility providing nursing services to residents of Hinsdale and Cook and DuPage counties. The facility is located at:
600 W. Ogden Ave.
Hinsdale, Illinois 60521
As a part of the Heartland/ManorCare Corporation, ManorCare of Hinsdale provides a variety of services including:
- Around-the-clock skilled nursing care
- Cardiac care
- Orthopedic replacement or injury care
- Neurological care
- Dementia care
- Pulmonary care
- Independent living solutions
- Assisted living options
To ensure that families are fully informed on where to place a loved one in a nursing facility throughout the United States, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home databases to reflect currently opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations, and filed complaints. The updated information can be found on numerous websites online including Medicare.gov.
Currently, ManorCare of Hinsdale maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system and comparative analysis tool. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and staffing issues and one out of five stars for health inspections. Our Hinsdale nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Adequate Treatment to Residents to Prevent the Development of a Pressure Sore or Allow an Existing Pressure Sores to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/17/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "notify and obtain orders from the physician for treating a new pressure ulcer.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to follow the physician’s orders.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at ManorCare of Hinsdale affected two residents at the facility “reviewed for pressure ulcers.”
One incident involved a resident determined through their 08/16/2015 Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risks Assessment to be at “high risk for skin breakdown.” The investigator noted that the “Patient Admission Skin Assessment revealed that the resident had “an extra small round not measurable open skin area on [their] sacrum but did not show any skin issues on [their] left heel.”
However, on 09/14/2015 at 3:43 PM, when the resident “was lying on her left side in bed facing [the Registered Nurse, their] skin was noted to have a small reddened open area on the coccyx area about 0.5 centimeters in diameter.” During the observation, “a large red and purplish area with slight red drainage was noted to [the resident’s] left heel.” The investigator noted that there were no 09/15/2015 Nursing Notes regarding the resident’s “skin issues on the coccyx area” and six days previous on 09/09/2015, the resident’s Skin Progress Notes showed that the Registered Nurse “was notified by a therapist that [the resident] had a blister on the left heel.” The resident’s pressure ulcer assessment did not reveal any identifiable pressure ulcers.
The state investigator noted that the actions by the nursing staff at ManorCare of Hinsdale failed to follow the facility’s January 2013 skin practice guide that reads in part:
“If a skin disruption is found, the type of skin injury will need to be identified by a qualified health professional (physician, Certified Wound Specialist, Advance Registered Nurse Practitioner.) The guide also included daily observation should be submitted to the nurse for review and follow-up as needed. Documentation of the evaluation is located in the TAR (Treatment Administration Record) or Progress Note.”
If your loved one has suffered injury from a bedsore acquired while residing in an Illinois nursing facility including ManorCare of Hinsdale, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in seeking the financial compensation your family deserves. Our Cook and DuPage elder abuse attorneys can provide numerous legal options to hold the nursing facility and staff members accountable.
Our Hinsdale Illinois nursing home abuse lawyers accept all personal injury claims, nursing home abuse cases, and wrongful death lawsuits through contingency fee arrangements. This means we are not paid for legal services until we win your case in front of a judge and jury or negotiate an acceptable out of court financial settlement on your behalf. Call our attorneys today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation full case review to discuss the merits of your case.