Facility-acquired bedsores are serious problems in Illinois nursing facilities that can often cause life-threatening changes to the patient’s overall health. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to routinely assess the resident’s skin at least once every three months or sooner. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow these procedures and protocols, which are often detrimental to the health, well-being and quality of life of the resident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent patients who have developed facility-acquired pressure sores (bedsores; pressure ulcers; pressure wounds; decubitus ulcers) while residing in Illinois nursing homes like Waverly Place of Stockton.
Waverly Place of Stockton
This Nursing Center is a ‘for profit’ 49-certified-bed Home providing cares to residents of Stockton and Joe Daviess County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-approved Facility is located at:
501 East Front Street
Stockton, Il 61085
Stockton Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems to reflect all health violations, filed complaints, safety concerns and opened investigations. This information can be viewed on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Waverly Place of Stockton maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the national Medicare comparison rating summary system. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures, two out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for health inspections. The Joe Daviess County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have reviewed many health violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Provide Treatment and Cares to Eliminate the Development of Facility-Acquired Pressure Sores or Allow Existing Pressure Sores to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/20/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator involving the nursing home’s failure to “provide cares and treatment to a stage IV and unstageable pressure ulcer. The facility also failed to implement prescribed interventions for existing wounds; and failed to identify a pressure ulcer prior to becoming unstageable.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 02/11/2016 Admission Record revealing a diagnosis of sepsis, hip fracture, dementia, altered mental status and urinary tract infection.
A review of the resident’s 02/11/2016 Initial Skin Observation Tool revealed that the resident “had a stage II pressure ulcer on his coccyx” and a Braden Scale score indicating that the resident “was high risk for pressure ulcers.” The investigator noted that “there were no other Braden Scales performed.”
By 02/24/2016, the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealed that the resident had “one unstageable pressure ulcer.” By 05/18/2016, the MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealed that the resident “has two unstageable pressure ulcers.” Because of that, the resident’s doctor ordered pressure ulcer treatment and vacuum assisted therapy. However, the investigator noted that “no vacuum assisted therapy dressing was in place on [the resident’s] wounds.”
An observation was made of a Registered Nurse (RN) performing dressing changes on the resident’s pressure ulcers on the afternoon of 07/18/2016. The RN “peeled one side of paper tape from the dressing on [the resident’s] left hip and lifted one side of the dressing to visualize the wound [...and] stated there is not an open area.” However, the surveyor “observed a pencil size open wound with a reddened wound bed.”
At that time, the Registered Nurse stated “there is a yellowish tan drainage on the gauze and then taped the same dressing back on the wound [and] stated that the facility ran out of prescribed bleach wound cleanser’s (Dakins solution)” to properly treat the resident’s wound. The investigator noted that the RN “did not apply skin prep to the skin around the wound.” By 07/19/2016, the resident’s Weekly Wound Report revealed the resident had “an unstageable pressure ulcer on the left hip.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Registered Nurse/Wound Care Nurse on the afternoon of 07/19/2016 who stated that “the Braden Scale should be done on admission, quarterly and with significant change of conditions. The facility’s Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS) instruction showed to complete on admission for four weeks and quarterly thereafter.” It was noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s October 2010 Prevention of Pressure Ulcers Policy that reads in part:
“The facility should have a system/procedure to ensure assessments are timely and appropriate and changes in condition are recognized, evaluated, reported to the practitioner, physician, and family, and addressed.” Routinely assess and document the condition of the resident skin and immediately report any signs of a developing pressure ulcer to the supervisor.”
Stockton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you have your suspicions that your loved one is being neglected or abused while residing at Waverly Place of Stockton, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC to stop the mistreatment now. Our Stockton law firm can provide various options and legal representation on your behalf to hold those responsible for causing loved one harm financially accountable.
We encourage you to contact our Jo Daviess County area elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, complimentary case evaluation. There is no need to make an upfront payment because we accept all nursing home claims for compensation on contingency.