A report released by the CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) revealed that every facility-acquired bedsore (pressure wound; pressure sores; pressure ulcer; decubitus ulcer) is preventable if the nursing staff takes appropriate measures to detect the wound early. However, if left untreated the wound can easily degrade to a life-threatening condition, exposing underlying tissue, bone, muscle, and tendon that leaves the resident highly susceptible to infections of the bone (osteomyelitis) and blood (sepsis). Sadly, the Highland Park elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where nursing home residents have lost their lives or suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of their caregivers.
Warren Barr North Shore is a 207-certified bed for profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing facility providing services to residents of Highland Park and Lake County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
2773 Skokie Valley Road
Highland Park, Illinois 60035
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Warren Barr North Shore also provides healthcare rehabilitation services that encompass:
- Cardiac care
- Orthopedic care
- Stroke care
- Pulmonary care
- Wound care
- Oncology care
- Physical, occupational and speech therapies
To ensure that families have accurate information on nursing facilities before placing a loved one in skilled nursing care, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems. The updated information includes the history of open investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns with the results posted on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Warren Barr North Shore maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system and comparative analysis tool. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, four out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for health inspections. However, our Highland Park nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Residents Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of a New Pressure Sore or Allow an Existing Pressure Sore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/21/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "implement interventions and assessments to prevent the development of pressure ulcers on residents identified as at risk.” The incident was first documented at 10:30 AM on 04/18/2016 when a resident “stated her foot did not hurt that bad today.” Later that afternoon at 4:30 PM, the facility’s Director of Nursing stated: “there is no documentation of skin checks, turning/repositioning, or shower sheet available for [that resident].”
“On 04/21/2016 at 2:30 PM, [the Director] stated when a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) finds any skin integrity problem they should report to the nurse immediately.” The facility’s Nursing Consultant said on 04/15/2016 at 1:30 PM that “the CNA’s are responsible for skin checks during showers, turning and repositioning, and documentation for wound care prevention policy.”
The investigator noted that the resident’s 03/18/2016 Progress Note shows that a CNA “reported skin alterations to [the resident’s] right heel. Assessed right heel and noted that the base of the right heel has a dark discoloration with intact, dry skin.” That same day, the resident’s Wound had summary Sheet shows “an unstageable pressure wound to the right heel. Right heel wound measurements are 4.5 centimeters long by 3.0 centimeters wide and an unknown depth.” The resident’s Skin Comprehensive Assessment reveals of the resident “has difficulty repositioning self and requires staff to assist in redistributing body weight.”
As a part of the investigation, it was noted that the resident’s 04/14/2016 Wound Report shows of the resident’s “right heel wound to be facility-acquired.” The investigator also noted that the deficient practice by the nursing staff at Warren Barr North Shore failed to follow the facility’s 04/21/2014 policy titled: Wound Policy and Procedures that reads in part:
“Establish an individualized turning and repositioning schedule if the resident is immobile or with impaired physical functioning. The resident may be properly positioned in bed using pillows or other supported devices to help protect bony prominence area susceptible to pressure. Offload elbows and heels as needed. Elevate resident heels off the bed as indicated… Check proper placement and removal of orthotics on a regular basis for inspection.”
If you suspect your loved one has suffered unnecessarily with a preventable bedsore while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Warren Barr North Shore, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our Lake County elder abuse attorneys can take legal steps to hold every caregiver and the facility financially accountable.
To begin the process of obtaining the financial compensation you and your family deserve, we urge you to contact our Highland Park nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation. We accept all wrongful death lawsuits, nursing home abuse cases and personal injury claims for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means we provide you all the necessary services and resources you require to resolve your case and are only paid for our legal services once we have won your case at trial or negotiated an acceptable amount of financial recompense through an out-of-court settlement.