Urinary tract infections are a serious problem in nursing homes nationwide. Recent statistics maintained by the CDC indicate that approximately one out of every two nursing home residents will suffer fecal or urinary incontinence while at the facility. The loss of bowel or bladder control, especially in elderly patients is often caused by taking medications or some existing physical / psychological conditions. Without proper treatment that often requires assistance with toileting, catheterization or the use of adult diapers, the health and well-being of the patient can become significantly worse or even fatal if infections develop.
Our nursing home advocacy lawyers work to protect the rights of Illinois nursing home residents to ensure their health and safety are protected at all times. In addition, we publish publicly available data outlining complaints, investigations and safety concerns of assisted-living homes, long-term care centers, nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers statewide. Many families use this valuable information to make a complete informed decision before placing a loved one in the hands of professional caregivers.
St. John Hospital Long Term Care Unit
St. John Hospital Long Term Care Unit is a 37-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating nursing facility providing medical services to residents of Springfield and Sangamon County Illinois. The home is located at:
800 East Carpenter
Springfield, IL 62702
The 11th floor long-term care unit provides a variety of services including hospice, and rehabilitation therapies.
Hospital Care Unit Patient Safety Concerns
Every year, the federal government updates its www.Medicare.gov website comparison tool providing information on safety concerns and inspections of nursing facilities nationwide. Currently, St. John Hospital Long Term Care Unit maintains an overall five out of five available star rating compared other facilities in the United States. This includes five out of five stars for both health inspections and staffing concerns, and two out of five stars for quality measures.
The Springfield nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has found complaints, investigations and safety concerns involving St. John Hospital Long Term Care Unit. Some of these concerns involve:
- Failure to Provide Proper Care for Incontinence and Catheter Use:
- Failure to Provide Proper Toileting Assistance Which Resulted in a Fracture:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/09/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for their failure “to provide their own incontinence care for [2 residents].” In one incident, the complaint was filed due to observations of nurses and CNAs (certified nursing aides) providing incontinence care for a resident at the facility. During the observation, one nurse was wiping a female resident using “a back and forth motion several times.” This is in direct violation of their policies and procedures dated 10/3/2014 noting that only “gentle downward strokes from the front to the back of the perineum” should be washed on female residents “to prevent intestinal organisms from contaminating the urethra or vagina.”
In a separate incident in the summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/09/2015, separate complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to provide appropriate catheter care for [a resident].” This is in response to a resident who had an indwelling catheter inserted during admission to the facility on 8/19/15. However, proper care was not administered in accordance with “the facility’s indwelling urinary catheter care and management policy and procedures, dated and revised 10/3/14.” Subsequent mismanagement of the patients care plan involving the catheter resulted in the need to pull and reinsert the catheter “due to obstruction and acute urinary retention.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/03/2011, during an annual recertification survey, notations made of the facility’s failure to provide proper assistance during toileting for [a resident].” As a result, “This failure resulted in [a resident] sustaining a sub capital fracture of the right femoral neck with displacement and angulation that required surgical intervention.”
Springfield, Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or a loved one, have suffered harm or injury while in St. John Hospital Long Term Care Unit, or any Illinois skilled nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide legal assistance on your behalf. Our team of dedicated Springfield, Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can also file a claim for financial compensation to cover your damages and losses. We encourage you to make contact with our law offices today to schedule a free, no obligation case evaluation by calling (888) 424-5757 now.