Nearly every nursing home resident requires medications to control their health and ensure their well-being. However, any medication error occurring in a nursing facility can place the resident in immediate jeopardy and cause significant injuries or death. Unfortunately, the Inverness elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many residents who have suffered serious injury or died due to a medication mistake while residing at the facility.
Common errors when administering drugs can occur by a number of factors including overmedicating the resident, failing to provide medication, giving a medication for one patient to a different patient or providing the wrong dosage. Any missed dosage or under dosing or administering expired drugs can cause serious injury. In nearly every case, medication errors in nursing facilities occur due to disorganization, carelessness or lack of training and oversight by supervisors.
Rosewood Care Center of Inverness
Rosewood Care Center of Inverness is a 110-certified bed for profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility providing services to residents of Inverness and Cook County, Illinois. The Rosewood Care of Inverness facility is located at:
1800 Colonial Parkway
Inverness, Illinois 60067
Inverness Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Throughout the year, both the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home databases to reflect currently available information on opened investigations, health violations, filed complaints and safety concerns on facilities throughout the United States. This updated information is posted online on various sites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this valuable information to make informed decisions before placing a loved one in a nursing facility to ensure they receive the highest level of hygiene assistance and skilled nursing care.
Currently, Rosewood Care Center of Inverness maintains an overall five out of five available stars in the national star rating summary system when comparing facilities nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for staffing issues, four out of five stars for health concerns and two out of five stars for quality measures. However, our Inverness nursing home neglect attorneys have located numerous safety concerns involving this facility. Two of those concerns include:
- Failure to Ensure That Residents Remain Safe from Serious Medication Mistakes
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/10/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure a resident received the correct dosage of insulin.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected one resident at the facility.
The state investigator noted during an observation at 11:46 AM on 02/08/2016, of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) providing a resident “a total of 18 units of insulin.” At that time, the LPN dialed the insulin medication “to 18 units and administer the insulin to [the resident] without priming the needle.” A few minutes later, the state investigator interviewed the LPN at 11:58 AM who stated that “the needle only needed to be primed when the [medication] is new.”
However, the investigator reviewed the manufacturer’s 2009 instructions that were provided by the facility that read in part: “After the needle is in place, doing air shot before taking your injections. Do an air shot (Prime the Needle). Dialed two units. Hold the syringe with the needle pointing up and tap reservoir gently to move air bubbles to the top of the needle. Press the push button on your syringe as far as it will go until a drop of insulin appears.” The investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing at 12:40 PM on 02/09/2016 who stated that “the facility’ is consultant pharmacist explained an air shot should be done with every [insulin medication] injection.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Programs That Investigates, Controls and Keeps Infection from Spreading throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/10/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "follow the policy and procedure regarding incontinence care and handwashing during the provision of care.” The investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to provide clean feeding utensils for a resident during lunch service.”
The state investigator reviewed a resident’s 12/15/2015 MDS (Minimum Data Set) that revealed the resident “is totally dependent on staff for toilet use and has upper and lower extremity impairment on one side of her body.” Upon a 12:30 PM 02/07/2016 observation in the dining room during lunch, a Certified Nursing Assistant “pick up a feeding utensil from the floor and placed it on the table next to [the resident].”
Later observations at 11 AM on 02/08/2016 during incontinence care of mushy brown stool, a different Certified Nursing Assistant clean a resident’s “buttocks with disposable wipes [...and then] removed her gloves and donned new gloves without washing her hands between the glove change they continue doing incontinence care.” The facility’s Director of Nursing stated at 12:10 PM on 02/10/2016 that “staff should wash hands after removing soiled gloves and before donning new gloves.”
Inverness Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has suffered serious injury or death caused by neglect of the nursing staff at any Illinois nursing facility including Rosewood Care Center of Inverness, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can protect your loved one’s rights. Our Cook County elder abuse attorneys can begin the process of obtaining the financial compensation you deserve.
Call our Inverness Illinois nursing home abuse law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free case evaluation. We handle all nursing home abuse cases on contingency, to avoid the need for an upfront payment.