The use of psychotropic medications in an Illinois nursing facility are heavily regulated, where the nursing staff an administrator must follow specific procedures and protocols to ensure these drugs are used only when necessary. Any failure to follow these regulations could harm the health of the resident. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes ensure that the patient is receiving the proper dosage or being administered the drug when it is not necessary. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal services to mistreated patients residing at Illinois nursing facilities including Margaret Manor North Branch who have received unnecessary psychotropic medications.
Margaret Manor North Branch
This facility is a ‘for-profit’ Medicaid-approved Nursing Home providing cares and services to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The 99-certified-bed Nursing Center is located at:
940 W. Cullom Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
In addition to providing 24-hour skilled nursing care, the facility also provides access to a medical doctor at all times, comprehensive Social Services, psychiatric care, dietitian/nutritionist services and life skills training.
Chicago Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families research the Illinois Department of Public Health site to obtain a complete list of all health violations, filed complaints, safety concerns and opened investigations that is regularly updated by the state of Illinois nursing home agencies. This data can be used to make a well-informed decision of which nursing homes in the community offer the highest level of care.
The Cook County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found many deficiencies, safety concerns and health violations at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Ensure Residents Drug Regimens Are Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/27/2015, a state investigator noted when performing an annual licensure and certification survey that the facility failed to “monitor psychotropic drug levels for therapeutic use.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected one resident “reviewed for psychotropic medications.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings of a resident admitted to the facility on 05/19/2014 with a current “Physician Order Sheet (POS) for the use of Tegretol [an anti-compulsive medication] and no physician order to monitor drug levels.” The investigator noted that according to the resident’s 06/12/2014 Physician Order Sheet (POS), the psychiatrist “increase the Tegretol dose from 200 milligrams to 400 milligrams at bedtime.” However, the resident’s “medical record did not contain any lab results indicating therapeutic drug levels for Tegretol since admission.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing at noon on 09/24/2014 “on the policy regarding therapeutic drug level monitorings of Tegretol.” The Director responded that “we should do blood draws of Tegretol weekly for the first six months and biweekly after six months.” However, the Director stated that “currently we don’t have any policy and therapeutic drug level monitoring for Tegretol [...and] until today no blood draw was ordered by the Medical Doctor to monitor Tegretol levels.”
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Eliminate the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/27/2015, a state surveyor made a notation of a deficient practice while performing an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “have a method in place to record and track a resident’s infection and treatment to dedicate and prevent the spread of infection. This has the potential to affect all 94 residents within the facility.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after interviewing the facility’s current Director of Nurses at 2:30 PM on 09/25/2014 who stated that “the previous Director of Nurses never had any logs regarding tracking and trending infection issues. When a resident is found to have an infection requiring an antibiotic, the physician will be called for the order. The physician will receive the results by looking at the clipboard of the culture on [their] next visit.”
The Director also stated that “issues such as sexually transmitted diseases being tracked have not been monitored.” The investigator noted the actions by the Administrator and Director of Nursing fail to follow the facility’s 05/04/2010 policy title: Infection Control Policy that reads in part:
“If a resident is identified to have a communicable disease, the facility will follow the procedure for that particular disease.”
The investigator also noted that the facility “did not provide any other policies regarding procedures for communicable diseases [...and] could not provide any documentation of tracking or training of any communicable issues or interventions to prevent any issues for their residents or staff.”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your spouse, parent or grandparent has suffered injury or died prematurely while a patient at Margaret Manor North Branch, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law offices now. Our reputable Chicago qualified attorneys can successfully resolve your abuse or mistreatment victim case on your behalf against Illinois the nursing home that caused your loved one harm.
We urge you to contact our Cook County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation comprehensive case evaluation. No upfront retainers or fees are required because we accept every nursing home abuse claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. All information you share with our law offices remains confidential.