Another of the many Illinois nursing homes that was cited for care violations by the Illinois Department of Public Health was the Evergreen Health Care Center on South Kedzie in Evergreen Park. The nursing home was charged with several Type “A” Violations from the Illinois department and was fined $30,000. The large fine was caused by several different act of negligent care at the facility that put many residents in extreme danger, leading to the death of one victim.
For example, a resident was admitted to the facility after suffering from abdominal pain, leg swelling, and many other medical problems. She was prescribed an intravenous drug, to be administered 12 hours a day. The resident’s medical condition deteriorated over the next month, however. After one apparent problematic rise in her condition a private ambulance was called. Paramedics noticed that the woman’s blood pressure was much worse than the nurse had indicated. They also observed that the intravenous drug had been removed. The emergency medical crews were unable to start a new intravenous program and the resident went into cardiac arrest. She died at the hospital shortly after.
Later, officials conceded that there was problematic care provided to the resident. Her change in condition was not properly noted by employees and 911 should have been called instead of a regular ambulance.
Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti are well aware of the poor conditions that exist at far too many facilities across the area. Often the negligence does not take the form of overt abuse but instead involves many small actions that are performed improperly or in an untimely manner. In all cases, however, residents deserve better care than what they are getting. Please contact our nursing home attorneys if you know of any improper care at a nursing facility.
The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators. To access the IDPH report on this violation, please Click Here.
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