Many nursing home residents have serious and ongoing trouble swallowing and are unable to consume liquids or foods by mouth. Because of that, a feeding tube will be inserted directly into the resident’s stomach through their abdominal skin. While the surgical process is relatively simple, maintaining the feeding tube system can be challenging and requires the skills of a competent nurse that has been properly trained in using gastric tubes. Unfortunately, the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many nursing home residents who have suffered a serious injury with their gastric tubes as a result of negligent caregivers.
Numerous problems can occur with the feeding tube that require immediate medical attention. Problems include the tube coming out, becoming block, unexpected drainage around the two and the inability to take fluids, food, and medication through the tube.
Wheaton Care Center
Wheaton care Center is a for-profit facility that houses 123 beds and participates in Medicaid and Medicare. Their medical services include physical, occupational, and speech therapies, psychiatric services, wound care, and hospice care. The facility is located at:
1325 Manchester Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Throughout the year, the federal government updates its national nursing home database published on Medicare.gov. This comparison tool assesses every nursing facility using a five-star rating system to help residents and family members make the best decision when placing a loved one in a nursing home.
Currently, Wheaton Care Center maintains an overall two out of five available stars compared to other facilities throughout the United States. This includes three out of five stars for both health concerns and quality measures and one out of five stars for staffing.
The Wheaton nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have posted our primary concerns below about the facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Treatment with Feeding Tubes in a Way That Prevents Problems That Could Compromise the Health and Well-Being of the Resident
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/23/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "use [the] proper technique such as diluting the medication prior to administering it via a gastric tube (GT).” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Wheaton Care Center affected one resident at the facility.
The failure by the nursing staff was revealed in part in an interview occurring with the Registered Nurse on 07/20/2015 who stated that “she always has difficulty in getting [the resident’s medication] through the GT” (gastric tube (G-tube) that is inserted through the abdomen to deliver nutrition into the stomach directly).
Upon observation, the Registered Nurse did not dilute medications but instead poured “each of the medications into the syringe in separate intervals [...and when pouring] the delayed-release pellets from [the resident’s medication containers] into the syringe, the pellet became lodged and did not flow freely from the syringe through the GT.” The surveyor noted that “the integrity of the pellets had been compromised” when the syringe became dislodged from the tubing and the medication and the liquid spilled onto the pants of the resident.
- Failure to Minimize Medication Errors That Include the Wrong Dose, Wrong Drug, or Drugs Given at the Wrong Time
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/23/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "administer medications as ordered. There were 25 opportunities with three errors resulting in a 12% error rate.”
The failure by the nursing staff at Wheaton Care Center in making medication errors included feeding nutritional medications to the resident listed in the above failure. The state surveyor interviewed the facility’s pharmacist on 07/22/2015 who stated that “the effectiveness of the medication would decrease if the pellets are smashed during administration and when the resident does not receive the full does.”
The deficient practice by the nurse administering medication failed to follow the facility’s 11/14/2014 policy titled: Enteral Tube Medication Administration that directs the nurse to “crush medication into a fine powder and dissolve in 5-10 milliliter of warm water or prescribed amount [...and] dilute liquid medications with 10-30 milliliters of warm water.”
Wheaton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your elderly, disabled or infirmed loved one has suffered neglect, abuse or mistreatment while residing at Wheaton Care Center or any other nursing facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide immediate legal intervention. Our team of dedicated elder abuse lawyers can provide various remedies to ensure your loved one’s health and well-being. In addition, our law firm can seek the financial recompense you deserve to cover your damages, losses, and injuries.
We encourage you to make contact with our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, confidential no-obligation consultation. All information you share with our law offices will remain confidential. We accept every wrongful death lawsuit, personal injury claim, and nursing home neglect cases through contingency fee arrangements. This means you receive immediate legal representation without the need of paying any upfront legal fee.