Any failure to notify a nursing home resident’s physician of a change in their condition could jeopardize the resident’s health and well-being. Often times, the nursing staff fails to take appropriate measures and tell the physician of any change in health, injury or wound that occurs. Sadly, the Mattoon elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where their clients of suffered serious injuries that could have been prevented had the nursing staff follow established procedures and protocols.Mattoon Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
Mattoon Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is a 148-certified bed for profit Medicare/Medicaid-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Mattoon and Coles County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
2121 South Ninth
Mattoon, Illinois 61938
In addition to providing independent and assisted living options, Mattoon Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center also offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation.Mattoon Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure that family members have accurate information on nursing facilities throughout the United States, both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home databases. The information reflects the most currently opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns. The results of the update can be found numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Mattoon Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center maintains an overall two of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system/comparative analysis tool. This includes three out of five stars for staffing issues and quality measures and two out of five stars for health inspections. Our Mattoon Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys have found serious deficiencies involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident’s Doctor and Responsible Family Member of Any Change in the Resident’s Situation Including a Decline in Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/29/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "notify the physician regarding an abnormal surgical wound assessment [for one resident at the facility] reviewed for wound care.” The incident involved a resident with a 12/07/2015 Daily Skill Nurse’s Notes that documents the resident “was admitted with three surgical wounds. One incision site was on her right great toe, the second on her right groin, and the third on her right side.”
A review of the 3:44 PM 12/06/2015 Nurse’s Notes documents that the Registered Nurse observed the resident’s “right groin incision to be red, macerated to the medial portion of the incision, and draining serosanguinous fluid.” However, at 11:00 AM on 12/24/2015, the Registered Nurse “stated she did not notify [resident’s] physician concerning the abnormal wound assessment she observed [18 days earlier] on 12/06/2015 [… Stating] she was in training and believed her acting nurse [a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) notified the physician.” Additionally, the Licensed Practical Nurse stated at 11:45 AM on the same day that “she dropped the ball and forgot to notify [a resident’s] physician about the abnormal wound assessment observed [18 days earlier].”
- Failure to Provide Residents Necessary Care and Services to Maintain Their Highest Well-Being
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/29/2015, the inspector noted the facility’s failure “to assess and document the condition of surgical wounds and update the physician of signs and symptoms of infection for [a resident at the facility]. The investigator noted, “this failure resulted in re-hospitalization for [additional treatment].”
An interview with the facility’s Director of Nurses, it was revealed that “her expectation is that nursing staff assess and document wound observations [...and] stated the assessment and documentation should be detailed and include descriptives that give a complete picture as to what the wound looks like.”
The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff at Mattoon Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center failed to follow federal and state nursing home regulatory guidelines and the facility’s August 2015 Wound Assessment Policy that reads in part:
“It is the policy of the facility to assess each wound initially either at the time of admission or at the time the wound is identified. Each wound will be assessed weekly thereafter or with any significantly noted change in the wound. Assessments and documentation should include anatomic location, size, drainage, pain, peri-wound skin conditions and order.”
In an interview with the resident’s physician at 2:08 PM on 12/29/2015, it was stated that “if he would have received more complete and accurate information from facility nursing staff regarding [the resident’s] wounds, [the resident] could have been treated earlier and possibly avoiding [the resident’s] hospitalization.”
If you suspect your loved one has suffered a decline in their health due to the negligent actions of the nursing staff while residing at any Illinois nursing facility, including Mattoon Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take appropriate measures to hold those responsible legally and financially accountable. Our Coles County elder abuse attorneys can begin the process of obtaining the financial compensation your family deserves for their damages caused to your loved one.
We accept all personal injury claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements and are only paid for our services once we have negotiated your out-of-court settlement or won your case at trial. contact our Mattoon Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today for a free, case evaluation.