The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) state that every facility-acquired bedsore is preventable if the nursing staff follows established procedures and protocols. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes provide a high level of care by Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nursing Aides, which often leads to the decline of patients’ medical conditions. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal services to mistreated patients residing at Illinois nursing facilities like Prairieview Lutheran Home, who have suffered from facility-acquired bedsores that could have been prevented.
Prairieview Lutheran Home
This Center is a ‘for profit’ Nursing Facility providing cares and services to residents of Danforth and Iroquois County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-participating 27-certified-bed Nursing Center is located at:
403 North Fourth Street
Danforth, IL 60930
This facility provides a variety of living options including assisted/independent solutions and senior condos along with skilled nursing care, memory care, Rehabilitation-to-Home, spiritual care and specialized wound care.
Danforth Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the level of care every nursing home provides, the federal government and the state of Illinois regularly update their nursing home database system. This information reflects a complete list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations that can be found on numerous sites like Medicare.gov.
Currently, Prairieview Lutheran Home maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections and quality measures. The Iroquois County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located numerous deficiencies and safety concerns at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Provide Treatment and Cares to Prevent the Development of Bedsores and Notify the Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/11/2015, a notation was made by the state surveyors while performing an annual licensure and certification survey in regards to the nursing home's failure to “monitor and assess a pressure ulcer and notify the physician of a worsening pressure ulcer.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 04/30/2015 Wound Report documenting the resident has “recurring pressure ulcers [that were] first observed on 08/24/2015.” This includes a Stage II pressure ulcer measuring 1.3 centimeters by 1.5 centimeters by 0.1 centimeters to the left superior buttock and one Stage II pressure ulcer measuring 0.3 centimeters by 1.3 centimeters by 0.1 centimeters to the left inferior buttock.” Two additional pressure ulcers were found on the right superior buttock and right inferior buttock.
As part of the investigation, it was noted that there “are no further documented measurements of these four pressure ulcers in the Progress Notes or facility Wound Reports until 09/21/2015.” This lack of documentation was confirmed by the Wound Nurse at 11:05 AM on 12/10/2015.” The nurse also verified “there is no evidence that the physician was contacted to report a change in [the resident’s] wound which was identified on 09/21/2015.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s 11/04/2012 Skin Care Policy that reads in part:
“Progress of … skin conditions (pressure ulcers) will be documented in nursing notes weekly and more often as needed. Skin report will be generated each week that contains measurements of pressure, venous stasis, and arterial wounds, wound descriptions, staging, and current treatment being done. The doctor should be updated periodically, and should be notified if a decline occurs.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/11/2015, the state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to implement preventative fall interventions for two residents reviewed for falls.” One incident was first documented in the 06/14/2015 Incident Report that the resident’s “body was on the floor incurring redness to the forehead area.”
The investigator reviewed the resident’s 09/07/2015 Care Plan for Falls revealing that the resident is “at high risk for falls with intervention to include a mat on the floor beside the bed [that was] implemented on 06/15/2015.”
However, multiple observations were made of the resident on 12/08/2015 at 9:15 AM and 1:30 PM, and on 12/09/2015 at 8:15 AM.” During those times, the resident was lying “in a low bed with the right side of the bed against the wall; no mat was present on the floor by [the resident’s] left side.” When asked, the Nursing Assistant stated that the resident “does not require a mat by the bed.
Danforth Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your spouse, parents or grandparents has suffered from a preventable bedsore or was injured in an accident while residing in Prairieview Lutheran Home, it is crucial to contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers immediately. All our skilled Danforth attorneys have successfully filed and resolved negligent cases that cause nursing home patients harm.
We urge you to contact our Iroquois County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, complimentary case evaluation. There is no need to make an upfront payment because our law firm accepts all nursing home claims for financial compensation through contingency fee agreements.