Any spread of infection in an Illinois nursing facility could place the health and well-being of all residents in immediate jeopardy. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow specific procedures and protocols including ensuring there is a clean or sterile barrier when providing cares. Unfortunately, not all nursing facilities provide adequate training to minimize exposure to contaminants and infections. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent Illinois nursing home residents who have suffered unnecessary infections while residing at skilled nursing homes like Meadowood.
This Nursing Home is a Medicaid/Medicare-approved Center providing short-term rehabilitation nursing services to residents of Grayville and Edwards and White County, Illinois. The 74-certified-bed ‘for profit’ facility is located at:
320 Second Street
Grayville, IL 62844
Grayville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government nursing home regulatory agencies regularly update the national nursing facility database system. The Medicare.gov data contains a historical list of opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations of every facility in the US.
Currently, Meadowood maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other nursing homes nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for staffing concerns, two out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. The White 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 That Residents’ Drug Regimen Are Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/31/2016, the state agency surveyor noted the facility’s deficient practice to “ensure adequate monitoring and supervision of medication risk factors and or conduct required gradual dose reductions.” The failure involved two residents at the facility “reviewed for psychotropic medications.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings of a resident at the facility whose 03/01/2016 through 03/31/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealed that the resident receives psychotropic medications including Risperidone, Olanzapine, Citalopram, and Alprazolam multiple times every day.
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 01/20/2016 Care Plan sitting the resident “is having sad, withdrawn episodes, repetitive complaints of lethargy/tired, has hallucinations.” As a part of the resident’s diagnosis, it was noted that the resident suffers from delusional disorder and Depression and that the “daily use of antidepressant, and antipsychotic per Medical Director [was] ordered. Agitation with physical aggression with staff.”
However, the state investigator noted that there was “no gradual dose reduction (GDR) monitoring by facility staff were present in [the resident’s] medical chart record for the risperidone.” In addition, no “listing of risperidone on any of [the resident’s] behavior/intervention monthly flow records [was listed] for March 2016.”
The lack of a gradual dose reduction of risperidone was noted to be important because the medication “has a Black Box Warning [from the FDA] stating: Not for use in elderly patients with dementia, increase the risk of cardiovascular mortality. Not approved for this use.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing on the afternoon of 03/30/2016 who stated that “the facility was not currently monitoring for this Black Box Warning.”
- Failure to Follow Protocols to or Eliminate the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/05/2015, an Illinois state agency investigator made a notation involving the facility’s failure to “use a barrier to prevent the spread of infection [while providing] wound care.”
An observation was made by the investigator of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) providing cares and services on the morning of 05/04/2015 who “push the treatment cart into [the resident’s] room for wound care.” The LPN “washed her hands and applied gloves before setting up the supplies needed for the wound care.” During the procedure, “she did not clean the top of the treatment cart before she pushed it into [the resident’s] room [...and] then put saline on the 4 x 4 gauze in one of the cups, then removed the dressing from around the gastronomy tube (G-tube). The site around the G-tube is very red, the dressing has a moderate amount of purulent drainage on it, and there is a small amount of purulent drainage around the G-tube.”
The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff and the level of care provided to the resident requiring G-Tube Care failed to follow the facility’s G-Tube Care Policy that reads in part:
“This facility to provide and maintain an environment to reduce the risk of transmission of healthcare associated infections.… set supplies on to clean barrier.”
Grayville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family believe your spouse, parent or grandparent has suffered injury or harm while residing at Meadowood, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our seasoned Grayville attorneys can assist your family in successfully resolving your financial compensation claim against the nursing facility, Administrator, and/or nursing staff that caused your loved one harm.
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