Every bedsore occurring in a nursing facility can be prevented if the nursing staff takes appropriate measures and follows the established procedures and protocols. Bedsores (pressure wounds; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers; pressure sores) are an all too common problem for elders in nursing facilities when the nursing staff fails to provide appropriate levels of care. Sadly, the Rock Island elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home victims who have suffered bedsores due to immobility, being bedridden or bound to a wheelchair.
Bedsores are caused by long-term pressure on bony body parts including the knees, hips, ankles, shoulders, shoulder blades and sacrum (tailbone). If the pressure is not relieved, blood flow is restricted, starving the skin and underlying tissue of much-needed oxygen and nutrients. Bedsores can develop within two hours or less and often appear as a reddened area. If left untreated the warm area can progress to an open wound exposing tissue, muscle, and bone below the skin.Saint Anthony’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Saint Anthony’s Nursing Rehabilitation Center is a 130-certified bed for profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Rock Island in Rock Island County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
767 30th St.
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
The services provided at Saint Anthony’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center include:
- Post-hospital care with skilled nursing
- Long-term care
- Respite care
- Cardiac and pulmonary care
- Neurological rehabilitation
- Tracheotomy care
- Pain management
- IV therapies
- Complex wound care
- Physical, occupational and speech therapies
The state of Illinois and the federal government nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their nursing home database system in an effort to reflect currently filed complaints, opened investigations, safety concerns and health violations at facilities throughout the United States. The updated information is then posted on numerous websites including Medicare.gov, through its comparative tool star rating summary system.
Currently, Saint Anthony’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall two out of five available star ratings compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for staffing issues, two out of five stars for quality measures, and one out of five stars for health concerns. Our Rock Island elder neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Notify the Resident’s Doctor and Responsible Family Member of Any Change in the Resident’s Condition Including a Decline in Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/26/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "notify the legal representative and physician of significant health status changes for [a resident at the facility] reviewed for notification of health status changes.”
The failure was first noted at 9:00 PM on 06/03/2015 In the Facility’s Nurse Progress Notes that documents that the resident “has a non-intact blister with necrotic tissue to the right foot heel. Zero complaints of pain or discomfort. The nurse applied skin prep and non-adherent pad and wrapped with stretching gauze.” The facility’s Nurse Progress Notes from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM the following day on 06/04/2015, was noted that the resident “was sent to the local hospital emergency room, [where the resident] was subsequently admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit.”
However, the state investigator notes that at no time between 9:00 PM on 06/03/2015 and 2:30 PM on 06/04/2015 does the resident’s “Nursing Progress Notes document that [the resident’] physician or spouse was notified of the pressure wound found on [the resident’s] right heel.” An interview occurring at 1:00 PM on 06/24/2015 the resident’s spouse stated, “the facility did not tell me about [my spouse’s] pressure wound, rather, I had to find out from the nurses in the emergency room.”
- Failure to Ensure That Residents Receive Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of a Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/26/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to provide necessary treatment to promote the healing of pressure wounds for [a resident at the facility].”
This deficient practice was first noted in the failure above where the state investigator notes that upon admission into the local hospital, the resident had a right heel wound present that was considered an “unstageable pressure ulcer [measuring] 2.0 centimeters by 2.0 centimeters; wound base is black/necrotic; wound edges/margin is white and macerated; and wound drainage is moderate serosanguineous.”
If your loved one has acquired a bedsore while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Saint Anthony’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate action to ensure your loved one receives the highest level of medical care. Our Rock Island County elder abuse attorneys can build a case against all those responsible for causing your loved one harm to ensure you and your family receives the financial compensation you deserve for your damages.
We encourage you to contact our Rock Island Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to successfully resolve your case for recompense. We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee arrangements to avoid the need of you paying an upfront fee for our legal services.