The medical team in nursing facilities in Illinois require that physicians are to be notified anytime there’s a change in the patient’s condition to ensure they receive the highest level of care. Unfortunately, due to overstaffing, lack of training or minimal nurses on staff, many facilities failed to notify the resident’s doctor, often to the detriment of the patient. As a result, many residents suffer a serious decline in their health or died prematurely. The Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented residents who were neglected, abused or mistreated at Illinois nursing facilities like University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
The facility is a ‘for-profit’ 118-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-approved Center providing nursing services to residents of Edwardsville and Madison County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
Edwardsville, IL 62025
The facility provides long-term care options, 24/7 skilled nursing care and speech, physical and occupational therapies.
Edwardsville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
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Currently, the facility maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating comparative analysis system. This includes three out of five stars for health inspections and quality measures and two out of five stars for staffing concerns. The Madison County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found serious safety concerns and deficiencies at this facility that include:
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/20/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "notify the physician of abnormal laboratory results.” The investigator’s findings involved a review of a resident’s 02/05/2060 Discharge Summary the documents of the resident “was being discharged from the hospital with the diagnosis to include Rib Fracture, History of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), Confusion and Diabetes Mellitus type II.”
As a part of the investigation, the resident’s 02/05/2016 Progress Notes written by a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) documented that the resident “was confused.” The facility’s 02/05/2016 handwritten MAR (Medication Administration Record) documents that an insulin order was transcribed upon admission. The resident’s 02/24/2016 Physician Progress Notes documents the resident was seen by the facility’s Medical Director who “ordered lab work to be done.”
The results of the tests returned the following day on 02/20/2016 documenting that the resident “had a glucose of 403 with normal being 65 through 99 milligrams per deciliter. On the bottom of the lab results was a handwritten note documents “02/25/2016, Medical Director notified the LPN.” However, “there is no documentation in [the resident’s] Progress Notes about the doctor be notified of abnormal results or any orders received.” The resident’s 03/01/2016 Physician Progress Notes documents that the resident “was seen by the Medical Director would know orders written. The Physician Progress Note does not address the abnormal blood sugar.” The investigator noted that these actions failed to follow the facility’s Policy and Procedure Change in Resident’s Condition or Status that reads in part:
“The Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse will notify the resident’s attending physician or on-call physician when there has been… abnormal lab results that require physician intervention.”
- Failure to Ensure Residents Remain Free of Accident Hazards and Provided Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury Caused by Excessive Water Temperatures
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/17/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "maintain safe hot water temperatures in areas accessible to residents.” It was noted that “this deficient practice has the potential to affect three residents” at the facility.
The state investigator found that the hot water temperature taken on the afternoon of 03/15/2016, using a digital medical stem thermometer located at the hand sink in the bathroom used by numerous residents registered “120 degrees Fahrenheit.” That same afternoon, additional hot temperatures were taken at different bathroom sinks measuring 118 degrees Fahrenheit, 120 degrees Fahrenheit, 120 degrees Fahrenheit, 118 degrees Fahrenheit and 117 degrees Fahrenheit.
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Maintenance Director on the morning of 03/15/2016 who stated: “we check water temperatures on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays in the mornings and log them in the tracking log.” The Director stated that “the mixing valve used for C & D Hall was replaced this morning and the hot water should be up and running again after lunch [...and] it will probably take a couple of days to get the mixing valve adjusted to the proper level to keep the temperature of hot water between 110/112 degrees Fahrenheit.
Edwardsville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was injured or died prematurely while a patient at University Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC at (888) 424-5757 today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation to determine your rights to obtain financial compensation. Our Illinois elder abuse law firm can ensure your loved one’s rights are protected. We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases on contingency to avoid the need for an upfront fee.