Many Illinois nursing home residents suffer a change in their medical condition due to the spread of infection that could have been prevented had the nursing staff followed procedures and protocols. Unfortunately, many nursing facilities are overcrowded or understaffed with nurses who lack proper training and supervision. Sadly, the Chicago elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many residents who have suffered unnecessary infections caused by the negligent actions of their caregivers.
Symphony at 87th Street
Symphony at 87th Street is a 210-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating for-profit nursing facility providing services to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
2940 W. 87th Street
Chicago, IL 60652
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, the center also provides rehabilitation and clinical expertise programs that involve:
- Cardiac disease
- Pulmonary disease
- Orthopedic surgery and joint replacement
- Neurological disease
- Medically complex diseases or surgeries
- Complex post-surgical wound care
- Immune deficiencies
- Nutritional issues
Chicago Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure that families are fully informed of the level of care provided by Illinois nursing facilities, both the state and federal nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their nursing home databases. This updated information reflects the complete history of all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints, opened investigations with results posted on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Symphony at 87th Street maintains an overall three out of five available stars in the national Medicare star rating summary system, compared to all other nursing homes nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and two out of five stars for both staffing issues and health inspections. Our Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free from the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/10/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "follow manufacturer’s recommendations to dispose of lancets and test strips used to check blood sugar on one resident… reviewed for blood sugar monitoring.”
An observation was made of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at 11:00 AM on 06/07/2016 performing “a blood sugar test on [a resident]. After doing the test, [the LPN] put the used test strip and used lancets on her right glove palm and by securing those items she pulled the glove from her hands and dispose of those items in a regular garbage container. When asked, [the LPN] stated ‘I should have put that in a sharp container, I’m sorry’, by pointing to the sharp container which was attached to the medication cart the [LPN] was using.”
The investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing two days later on 06/09/2016 who stated: “that this facility goes by the manufacturer’s guideline disposal of sharp objects, and handed the owner’s manual for the blood glucose monitoring system.” The state investigator noted that the manual on page 24 indicated that “used lancets and test strips may be biohazardous. Please discard them carefully according to your local regulations.”
- Failure to Provide Proper Treatment to Residents to Prevent the Development of a Pressure Sore or Allow an Existing Pressure Sore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/22/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “ensure that treatments for a resident’s pressure ulcer were administered as ordered [by their physician].” This failure by the nursing staff at Symphony at 87th Street affected one resident who developed facility-acquired (Stage II pressure ulcers on her right ischial tuberosity [on 02/24/2016] and left ischial [on 03/02/2016].” The physician provided treatment guidelines in the Physician Order Sheet (POS) to be administered one time every day on Monday, Wednesday, Friday (and as needed).”
Upon observation of the resident, it was noted that the resident “did not have a treatment and/or dressing on her left ischial (as ordered), the wound appeared dry with eschar.” The resident’s “right ischial dressing appeared soiled with serous dressing.” When asked about the dressing by the surveyor, the Licensed Practical Nurse providing the resident care said, ‘we change it on nights if it needs it. Usually, wound care does it.’
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered a facility-acquired bedsore or infection that caused them harm, injury or premature death while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Symphony at 87th Street, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Our dedicated Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can take appropriate and immediate legal action to secure the financial compensation your family deserves for your loved one’s harm.
To ensure that your case for financial recompense is successfully resolved, we encourage you to contact our Cook County elder abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today. Our team of attorneys offers a free initial no obligation consultation to discuss the merits of your case. No upfront payment is required because we accept all abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements. Our legal fees are paid only after we negotiate your acceptable out of court settlement with all responsible parties or win your case in front of a judge and jury. All information you share with our law offices remains confidential.