Bedsores are a leading problem in nursing facilities all across the United States that if left untreated can alter the residents’ medical condition or claim their life prematurely. Unfortunately, many facilities failed to provide the highest level of wound care training to their nursing staff, often to the detriment of the residents. Sadly, the Deerfield elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where their clients have suffered preventable bedsores (pressure wounds; pressure sores; decubitus ulcers; pressure ulcers) due to the negligent actions of their caregiver.Whitehall of Deerfield Healthcare Center
Whitehall of Deerfield Healthcare Center is a 190-certified bed for profit corporate facility providing nursing services to residents of Deerfield and Lake County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
300 Waukegan Road
Deerfield, Illinois 60015
Services Provided by Whitehall of Deerfield Healthcare Center include:
- Cardiac care
- Stroke care
- Neurological care
- Orthopedic rehabilitation
- Spinal cord injury therapy
- Respite care
- Long-term and short-term care
Many families use the information provided on federal and state nursing home databases to review all of the opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations safety concerns at facilities nationwide before making the decision of where to place a loved one who requires skilled nursing care or rehabilitative services. The updated information can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Whitehall of Deerfield Healthcare Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the national star rating comparative analysis summary tool. This includes five out of five stars for staffing issues and quality measures and four out of five stars for health inspections. However, our Deerfield nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns including one causing actual harm to a resident that includes:
- Failure to Provide a Resident Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of a Pressure Wound or Allow an Existing Pressure Wound to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/08/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "do a complete skin assessment for a resident upon admission.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to identify a pressure ulcer before it became unstageable. These failures resulted in [the resident] developing a painful, infected unstageable pressure ulcer requiring antibiotics and a wound VAC (pressure wound therapy) for treatment and needing an extended stay [nearly one month longer] at the facility.”
The investigation included a review of the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) and admission documents to show that the resident was “cognitively intact, requires the extensive assistance of 2+ persons for toileting as occasionally incontinent of bowel and bladder.” The resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) also reveals that “she is at risk for developing pressure ulcers [...and] had back surgery on 05/27/2015 with an incision to her lower midline back with steri-strips applied.”
At 12:10 PM on 08/11/2015, the resident “was lying in bed [...and] pulled her pants down and turned to her left side to prepare for a dressing change [...and] was on her side, no dressing was visible.” At that time, a sacral area pressure wound became visible measuring 0.3 centimeters by 0.3 centimeters.
In an interview with the resident the following day on 08/12/2015 at 9:45 AM, the resident “said she first noticed that she had something wrong with her bottom when they transferred her from the hospital to the facility [...and] said that when the transfer company first came to get her, they brought something that she had to sit up right on and she could not do this due to pain in her buttocks. They had to return with the stretcher so she could lie down.” The resident indicated they were giving her pain medications and thought that they probably believe it was from the back surgery. However, “they checked her buttocks and found the pressure ulcer.”
The investigator noted that the resident’s Comprehensive Nursing Admission Assessment failed to describe “any wound, including her surgical wound.” By 06/08/2015, the resident’s Wound Care Addendum revealed that the resident had “an unstageable pressure ulcer on the pre-sacral area/cleft measuring 4.5 centimeters by 1.8 centimeters. The wound was 100% black eschar (dead tissue) with 3.0 centimeter of red/warm surrounding tissue.”
Three weeks later on 06/29/2015, the resident’s Wound Care Addendum shows that be stage III pressure ulcer now measured 4.5 centimeters by 2.0 centimeters by 1.5 centimeters with 10% slough [dead tissue] and 90 percent granulation tissue.” The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff at Whitehall of Deerfield Healthcare Center failed to follow the facility’s undated Admission of a Resident Policy that reads in part:
“Observe the condition of the skin and scalp. Note any abnormalities of hair or skin (i.e. Pressure sores, dryness, surgical scars…)”
If you suspect your loved one has suffered serious injury or premature death due to a preventable bedsore while residing at Whitehall of Deerfield Healthcare Center Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in seeking the financial compensation you deserve. Our Lake County elder abuse attorneys have access to every necessary resource to handle your case successfully.
We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases on contingency, so no upfront fee is required. Contact our Deerfield Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, comprehensive case review.