A decline in an Illinois nursing home patient’s condition must be immediately reported to their physician. This notification can ensure the individual receives immediate medical attention by a competent doctor making an informed decision that protects the health and well-being of the patient. Unfortunately, not all Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nursing Assistants receive adequate training in procedures and protocols in providing the highest level of care to residents. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented residents who receive substandard care that caused additional harm or premature death while residing at Illinois nursing facilities like United Methodist Village – North Campus.
United Methodist Village – North Campus
This Nursing Home is a ‘for profit’ 98-certified-bed Center providing cares and services to residents of Lawrenceville and Lawrence County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-accepted Facility is located at:
2101 James Street
Lawrenceville, Il 62439
This Center provides skilled nursing care, memory care, independent living options and rehabilitation services.
Lawrenceville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Detailed information on each nursing facility in the US can be viewed on state and federal database sites including Medicare.gov. These government-operated regulatory agencies routinely update their list of health violations, filed complaints, safety concerns and opened investigations on nursing homes nationwide.
Currently, United Methodist Village – North Campus maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare rating summary system. This includes five out of five stars for staffing concerns, four out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Lawrence County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed various deficiencies, violations and safety concerns at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Notify a Physician of a Change in Their Patient’s Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/26/2016, a formal complaint against the facility was opened by a state investigator for its failure to “notify the physician regarding a significant change in condition.” The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings and involved a resident reviewed for physical notification.
On the afternoon of 05/24/2016, a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) stated that he put the resident “to bed about 11:00 PM on 04/16/2016 and noticed [the resident] took more assistance to transfer into bed at that time, stating [the resident] was unusually fatigued.”
Later that day, another CNA stated “he helped [the first CNA put the resident] to bed” that day and stated that the resident “could usually help and stand during transfer but at approximately 11:00 PM on 04/16/2016, [the resident] was ‘really out of it’ and acted really tired.” The Certified Nursing Assistant’s reported their findings to the Registered Nurse on Duty.
A review of the resident’s Interdisciplinary Notes from that date revealed that the resident “is very sleepy, difficult to arouse, it would not help to turn.” Vital signs were checked but “there was no action taken and no physical notification documented at this time.”
By 05/24/2016, a Certified Nursing Assistant stated “that at the 11:00 PM bed check on 04/16/2016, [the resident] was not responding and she reported this to [the Registered Nurse].” The 1:30 AM bed check revealed the resident’s “respirations were rattled any is still not responding, unable to obtain oxygen saturation after trying all fingers and will not open his eyes.”
Documentation indicates that the resident was sent to the hospital the following morning after the initial indicators of a decline in health were recognized by the Certified Nursing Assistant providing the patient care.
The state investigator conducted an interview with the resident’s physician on the morning of 05/25/2016 who stated “that she has serious concerns about nursing not reporting the deteriorating condition to the on-call physician.” The Medical Director and on-call emergency department physician stated “he was in agreement with the resident’s physician [...and] stated he was unaware of [the resident’s] condition until he was notified at 1:45 AM on 04/17/2016 and he ordered [the resident] to be sent to the emergency department at that time.”
The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s 07/17/2012 policy titled: Physician’s Notification that reads in part:
“If a change is noted in the resident’s condition, regardless of weekends or holidays, the nurse will call the resident’s physician. If unable to reach that physician, call the physician on call. The physician must be notified immediately of any incident that may require medical intervention, regardless of whether an injury is evident.”
Lawrenceville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one is suffering from mistreatment while residing as a patient at United Methodist Village – North Campus, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our reputable Lawrenceville attorneys have represented nursing home patients who were abused, neglected and mistreated. We have years of experience of successfully resolving recompense claims to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve.
Schedule a complimentary, no obligation comprehensive recompense claim review today by calling our Lawrence County elder abuse law offices at (888) 424-5757. No upfront fees are required because our law firm accepts every personal injury case, wrongful death lawsuit, and nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through a contingency fee arrangements.