The Illinois Department of Health and Human Services recently released the latest Quarterly Violators List. As blog readers know, the list includes a summary of recent facilities across the state that have been cited by regulators for Illinois nursing home neglect or abuse. It is an important way that the quality of care provided at these locations is made public and shared with consumers. A close reading of the list provides information on exactly what occurred at each facility which resulted in the citations and fine. Our Chicago nursing home neglect lawyers frequently monitor the lists to keep abreast of instance of inadequate care being provided at local home. Unfortunately the same mistakes are seen again and against at nursing home all across Illinois.
For example, one nursing home in Zeigler, Illinois, the Colonial Manor, was cited for several care violations and issued a $20,000 fine. According to the report, the Illinois nursing home neglect citations were issued for a series of lapses in care, including one case where the facility employees failed to take steps that might have saved the life of a resident in need of CPR. The resident had been found unresponsive without a heart beat or pulse-it was a fifty one year old resident who had suffered a heart attack. According to facility regulations, the care workers who found the woman should have begun performing CPR in order to attempt to resuscitate her. They did not. In addition, the nursing staff did not even call 911 or seek out other emergency medical help, and the resident died at the facility.
In a separate incident, staff members at the same facility were cited for failing to properly document and chart the care provided to a resident at the home who died of pneumonia. The resident entered the facility with healthcare associated pneumonia, requiring close observation by nursing staff to ensure that his condition did not deteriorate and necessitate special care. In this case, the resident began showing clear signs of problems, being given forty five doses of cough medicine. However, the resident’s doctor was not informed of these changes. The doctor was supposed to have been told if the cough persisted for longer than twenty four hours. The nurses also failed to properly explain why forty five different doses of the cough medication were provided. The resident eventually died at the facility from the pneumonia.
In a third incident for which the facility was cited, staff members at the home failed to monitor the status of at least seven residents who did not receive the medication that they were prescribed. These residents were ordered to have medication to help promote proper bowel movements. The medications were not given, and the status of the residents was not properly monitored. This oversight placed each of the residents as risk of developing preventable complications from constipation.
Any Illinois nursing home lawyer can explain that time and again certain caregivers at these homes fail to take basic steps to keep residents safe. It is nursing home neglect for nurses and aides not to perform timely medical procedures or inform physicians of changes in condition which may necessitate additional care. These lapses may seem minor, but the consequences, as demonstrated in these cases, can be serious.
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