Many hospitals in Illinois provide sub-acute skilled nursing care to ensure the health and hygiene needs of the patient are met. Many individuals stay in the hospital long after their surgery for rehabilitation after an accident, joint replacement or other type of procedure causes temporary disability. Some victims suffer harm by the staff use of unnecessary physical restraints including leg restraints, bed rails, belts, arm restraints and vests designed to restrain the patient under their care.
Our nursing home abuse case attorneys understand that on prescribed physical restraint should never be utilized because the facility is understaffed or is inadequately trained to handle patients with a history of falling or suffering a cognitive impairment. Our team of lawyers posts the most current publicly available information on safety concerns and cases of mistreatment and nursing homes throughout Illinois. Many individuals in need of quality sub-acute care or rehabilitation use this information to determine what facility provides the highest level of medical services.
West Suburban Hospital Medical Center
West Suburban Hospital Medical Center is a 50-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing home facility providing medical services to residents of Oak Park and Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
3 Erie Court
Oak Park, IL 60302
Skilled Nursing Facility Patient Safety Concerns
Many families compare nursing facilities using the federal government’s online portal www.Medicare.gov to review the current status of hospitals and nursing facilities throughout the United States. Currently, West Suburban Hospital Medical Center maintains an overall four out of five available stars through the Medicare comparison tool system. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for quality measures.
The nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found numerous safety concerns involving West Suburban Hospital Medical Center. Some of these include:
- Failure to Provide an Environment Free of the Spread of Infections:
- Failure to Provide an Environment Free of Unnecessary Physical Restraint:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/13/2015, a notation is made during an annual licensure’s recertification in regards the facility’s failure “to prevent cross-contamination during resident cares for two residents.” This is in response to an observation, interview or record review of a 3/11/15 incident where the infection control nurse stated “contact plus isolation is the same as special contact which is used for any resident with diarrhea.”
On 3/10/2015, a nurse “performed [a resident’s] wound dressing change. [The nurse] while wearing gloves, removed [the resident’s] soiled dressing, cleaned [the resident’s] sacral wound, applied new treatment packing into [the resident’s] wound and applied a clean dry dressing while wearing original pair of gloves. [The nurse] wore the soiled gloves throughout the entire dressing change.” This is in direct violation of their stated policies, protocols and procedures.
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/07/2013, a complaint investigation is opened against the facility for its failure “to recognize the resident’s rights by implementing a restraint without consent or medical justification, failed to document the duration and outcome of alternative strife or at least restrictive restraint and failed to monitor restraint every two hours for [a resident at the facility].”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/14/2011, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to ensure that an assessment for restraint use involving [a resident at the facility].” This is in response to a 4/12/2011 incident where a resident “was observed sitting in a wheelchair in her room… Slumped over in a wheelchair. HS restraint was around her waist and chest with each end tight to the back of the wheelchair. [The resident] husband was present at the time in the room.” At the time of the incident there were “no orders for restraint while up in a wheelchair.”
Oak Park, Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have suffered mistreatment or suffered an infection while at West Suburban Hospital Medical Center, or any other facility providing skilled nursing care, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Our team of dedicated Oak Park, Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can take legal steps to stop the harm now. We encourage you to contact us today by calling our law offices at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation case review.